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October 28, 2010
By Michael Brooke
FRENCH sailors have been com-
ing to Australia since the adven-
turer La Perouse in 1788 and this
trend continued recently when FNS
La Moqueuse (LEUT Francois
Nevejans) visited HMAS Kuttabul
(CMDR Christine Clarke).
La Moqueuse's port visit from
October 15-19 was designed to give
her crew some shore relief, while pro-
moting the strong friendship between
the RAN and the French Navy, which
have common security interests in the
The 440-tonne P400-class patrol
boat opened her gangway to the public
during Kuttabul's Navy Week open
day, which was attended by some 4000
La Moqueuse's crew of 29 sailors
and four officers enjoyed the sights
of Sydney and thrilled the locals with
their native tongue, which poets call
"the language of love".
La Moqueuse's CO, LEUT
Francois Nevejans, told Navy News
that Noumean-based French warships
love to visit Australia for national cel-
ebrations and training opportunities
with the RAN.
"Australia, and especially Sydney,
is a great place for us to visit because
of the strong relationships between our
navies, as we are partners in maritime
security in the Pacific," he said.
"We have many mutual interests
in maritime security in the region and
this is well demonstrated by our range
Kuttabul learns language of love
of joint training activities such as
Exercise Croix de Sud."
During her voyage from Hobart to
Sydney, La Moqueuse participated in
a PASS-EX with HMA Ships Yarra
and Bandicoot near Jervis Bay, which
involved navigation and boarding exer-
cises, as well as a very close encounter
with some very playful whales.
"The training was extremely ben-
eficial for me and the crew to learn
something about how the RAN does
business at sea," LEUT Nevejans said.
La Moqueuse, which trans-
lates as 'the mocker', is based in
Noumea, New Caledonia as part of
the French permanent naval fleet in
the Pacific Ocean, along with FN
Ships Vendemiaire, La Glorieuse, and
File image of FNS
pictured in Otago
Her gangway was
opened to the pub-
lic for the HMAS
Kuttabul Navy Week
Main photo: Reprinted
courtesy Wikipedia user
Inset: ABIS Sarah
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