April 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – Based in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, the Fulmar and its eleven crew members are used to conducting missions in the sometimes difficult weather conditions of the Northwest Atlantic. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the isolation of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon was almost complete after the stopping of air and sea passenger connections with Canada, a compulsory step to trade with the metropolis.
At the request of the prefecture of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the commander of the Atlantic maritime area hired the patrol boat Fulmar as part of the “Resilience” operation. The patroller sailed on April 19 to recover a first shipment of protective equipment, half a ton of masks, covers, emergency kits, outfits, gloves and glasses for the archipelago. Delivered to Halifax by plane from the mainland, they were transhipped on April 21 on the Fulmar, with the support of the Royal Canadian Navy – Halifax being the home port of its Atlantic fleet. To protect the crew and the Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon archipelago from any risk of contamination, a procedure for protecting sailors and decontaminating freight, validated by the Army Health Service, was applied during this surgery.
This movement was planned in close collaboration with the French Embassy in Ottawa and the Royal Canadian Navy, in the context of the closing of Canada’s borders. Its creation illustrates the spirit of solidarity that exists between the two countries.
As part of Operation “Resilience”, the patroller Fulmar is also able to transport health personnel within the archipelago, or even from or to Canada, in support of civilian resources.
Launched on March 25, 2020, Operation “Resilience” constitutes the contribution of the armed forces to the inter-ministerial engagement against the spread of the Covid-19. It is focused on helping and supporting populations as well as supporting public services to deal with this epidemic, in mainland France and overseas, in the fields of health, logistics and protection. The armies engage in all sectors where they can provide support to the civil authorities, by adapting their actions to local contexts and in the framework of a dialogue with the state authorities.