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First POM OPV of the French Navy undergoes sea trials

The Auguste Benebig, the first Patrouilleur d’Outre-Mer (POM) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the French Navy, has been going to sea.

The ship completed its initial sea trials and proceeded to the naval station in Brest, according to Admiral Pierre Vandier, Chief of the Naval Staff of the French Navy. The crew will now proceed on their journey to the ship’s homeport of Noumea.

The 80-meter-long vessels will be used as part of the French navy’s POM program to protect and provide surveillance for the country’s wide exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which extends into the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.

Additionally, the units will be particularly focused on the battle against drug trafficking, illegal fishing, and environmental protection.

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