Since 1990, one to two French vessels have been deployed almost permanently in the Gulf of Guinea as part of Operation CORYMBE.
This operation strengthens regional maritime security to combat illegal fishing and piracy alongside local forces. For example, on July 24, High Seas Patrol (MHP) Commander Birot relocated a Chinese-flagged trawler to the Gulf of Guinea. A commando of a dozen pirates had taken control of the building for a few hours.
Recently deployed, PHA Mistral will continue to conduct Operation Corymbe.