The French Naval Ship FNS LE MALIN second visit
Article and Photos by: Z Noqazo (PRO Intern)
patrol vessel FNS Le Malin paid a courtesy call to
Durban from 11 to 15 February 2017. Le Malin known as
the “destroyer” of the French Navy served during the
Second World War. The ship is assigned with maritime
surveillance and protection in its home, the La Reunion.
She performs public service missions in the southern
area of the Indian Ocean, because of its large storage
capacity and is suitable for accommodating crew members.
Lieutenant Commander Nicolas Flury, Officer Commanding
(OC) FNS Le Malin hands over a crest to the Harbour
Master, Captain Alex Miya.
On the 13th
of February Captain Arnaut Lacote, French Naval Attache’
together with Lieutenant Commander Nicolas Flury the
Officer Commanding FNS Le Malin and his crew paid a
courtesy call to the Harbour Master, Captain Alex Miya.
The Harbour Master showed his warm welcome to the French
as they exchange gifts. The French proceeded to the high
court for a courtesy call to the Deputy Judge President
I. Madondo. It is customary, as well as an old age naval
tradition that the ship’s captain pays a courtesy call
to senior dignitaries of the hosting city. This normally
entails a short social call where the captain of the
ship introduces himself and then handover a gift as a
token of peace and goodwill.
2017 the French Naval Attache’, the Officer Commanding
of the French Naval Ship FNS Le Malin together with Mr.
Brice Sardain, Vice-Consul General and Mr. Alexandre
Cornet, visited the South African Air Force Base Durban.
Oryx Commander, Major Altdaf Sheik welcomed the visitors
and gave them a briefing. The highlight of the day was a
tour of Durban on an ORYX MTH. After the visit to the
Air Force the French headed to the Mayor’s office, where
they were welcomed by Deputy Mayor, CLLR Fawzia Peer,
and gifts were exchanged.
the day Naval Base Durban Officers, Patrol Squadron
Officers and FNS Le Malin Officers attended the function
at the Dockyard Arms Bar. Commander D.Jones addressed
the guests and staff recognizing the French Embassy,
expressing how honoured Naval Base Durban is to have
them in Durban. The lunch ended well, wishing the FNS Le
Malin a safe passage back home.
A/OC Naval Base Durban Commander D Jones, welcoming
members from FNS Le Malin at the function.