French naval vessel makes courtesy call on Durban


The French Navy patrol vessel FNS Le Malin (P725) arrives in Durban tomorrow (Saturday) for her second courtesy call visit in 10 months.

Le Malin is based on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean from where she undertakes maritime safeguarding missions. Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Nicolas Flury she is also tasked with state action at sea and public service missions.

The 1 500 ton Le Malin was originally built in Gdansk as a longliner. She was seized by the French Navy in June 2004 for illegal fishing and then confiscated by the State. The good condition of the vessel and potential, including large storage capacity and suitable crew accommodation, saw Le Malin become part of France’s naval inventory in November 2005.

After refitting in Toulon in 2006 she operated as a support vessel for divers and commandos and was then re-tasked as a dedicated auxiliary support vessel for State action at sea.

A year-long overhaul, at the Piriou shipyard in Concarneau completed in August 2011, turned her into a public service patroller. She was deployed to the Indian Ocean and has been operating from Reunion since October 2011.

Lt-Cmdr Flury’s crew consists of five officers, 15 petty officers and six ratings, according to a French Navy statement.

Le Malin is set to depart Durban on Wednesday, 15 February.

The vessel last paid a visit to Durban in April 2016, after previously visiting Pemba in Mozambique.