The flag ship and forerunner of France's new Indian Ocean fleet has arrived in Djibouti, the port capital of the Territory of the Afars and Issas.
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Background: The flag ship and forerunner of France's new Indian Ocean fleet has arrived in Djibouti, the port capital of the Territory of the Afars and Issas.
The flagship, "la Charente", will be joined by the rest of the fleet later this month. The French naval force will then cruise the Indian Ocean for an initial tour of six months, joining fleets from Britain, the United States and Russia which are already in the area. Commander of the fleet is Rear-Admiral Schweitzer who will operate from the 26,000 ton tanker and converted floating headquarters, "la Charente". The fleet will patrol the area stretching from the Red Sea to Singapore and as far south as the waters of Antarctica.
Djibouti will be one of the most important ports used by the French fleet during their operations, particularly following the Russian Naval build-up off the Persian gulf in recent months.