The Fulmar’s technical stopover on Isle-aux-Coudres (Quebec) [fr]
The French Navy patrol vessel Fulmar, whose home port is Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, is currently at Isle-aux-Coudres (Quebec) for a technical stopover at the Ocean Group shipyard. The French Embassy in Ottawa’s Defense Mission was on site to welcome the crew and visit the shipyard.
The patrol vessel Fulmar, staffed with eleven sailors, mainly carries out surveillance and security missions in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon’s maritime approaches as well as public service missions in the framework of the State’s action at sea, such as the rescue of persons, the fight against illegal trafficking or environmental protection.
The Fulmar participated in NANOOK-TUUGAALIK in August 2020, an exercise organized by the Canadian Armed Forces to train in the Arctic environment and to develop cooperation between participating nations (Canada, United States, Denmark and France). The Fulmar is also solicited for missions that benefit populations, such as Operation RESILIENCE during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which it transferred medical equipment (masks, gloves...) from Halifax to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
In order to carry out its missions safely, the patrol boat must be maintained regularly with specialized industrial support. In the particular context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this technical stopover is carried out on the basis of a special agreement with the Canadian authorities and in compliance with measures taken by local authorities.