FRANCE 24’s Marie-Sophie Joubert and Lucas Menget are spending a week on board the Floréal, a French frigate charged with escorting ships and chasing pirates in the Indian Ocean. Click on the "react" link to send send your questions.
The Floréal is escorting the Victoria V5, a cargo boat carrying desperately-needed food to war-torn Somalia. The Victoria, chartered by the World Food Programme, is transporting food from the Kenyan port of Mombasa up the coast to the Somali capital Mogadishu. The Victoria will be the first WFP ship to make the trip this month.
The Floréal is a 94-metre frigate operating under EU’s Atalante antipiracy mission. The warship’s mission is to protect the Victoria from attack by pirates, and to respond to any attacks reported in the area. The frigate is equipped with cannons and Exocet missiles, a Hurricane speedboat, and a Panther helicopter for reconnaissance.
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Date created : 2009-02-26