The "Combattante," the new French Caribbean-French Guiana patrol vessel
The decision to order this patrol vessel was made by Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly in the wake of Hurricane Irma in September 2017 in order to increase the capacity of the armed forces in the French Caribbean.
Construction of the “Combattante” has just been completed; it will be deployed to the French Caribbean and French Guiana and its home port will be in Fort-de-France in Martinique. Its primary missions are:
- Maritime surveillance
- Protection of property and persons
- Monitoring of illegal migration flows
- Fisheries enforcement
- Combatting of illicit trafficking
The “Combattante” docked in Miami during the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) which took place from November 13 to 15. Rear Admiral Jean Hausermann, Senior Commander of the Armed Forces in the French Caribbean and Admiral Craig Faller of the United States Navy, currently Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), visited Miami and came aboard the “Combattante.”
On November 13, the Consul General in Miami bestowed the insignia of the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur upon David Trachtenberg, an American veteran of World War II.