During her time supporting the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) conducting counter-terrorism and maritime security operations, the French frigate Guépratte rendered assistance to two fishing dhows in the Gulf of Aden.
Operating as part of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), Guépratte encountered two fishing dhows, one providing assistance to the other which was without power, far from their destination and short of food and water. Guépratte’s boarding team provided fresh water and some food to the fishermen, which was a huge boost to their morale.
Captain Benoît Hédé-Haüy, Commanding Officer of the Guépratte, said:
“Providing assistance to fellow mariners is not only part of our mission, it is also our duty. The seas can be treacherous and unforgiving some times. I am very proud of the work done by the crew to help these local merchants, despite the weather conditions.”
Maritime security operations complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of nations in the region and seek to stop the maritime environment being used to traffic people, weapons or illicit narcotics. The security patrols also help ensure freedom of navigation by promoting safety and security at sea.