French nuclear attack submarine (SNA Émeraude) and a support vessel (BSAM Seine) have sailed up to 15,000 km from the metropolitan coasts in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.
The patrol has completed a passage in the South China Sea. The patrol at the same time shows the proof of the capacity of the French Navy to deploy far and for a long time in connection with its Australian, American, and Japanese strategic partners.
Minister for the Armed Forces / Minister for the Armed Forces of French and EU Florence Parly stressed that the aim of such a mission is to enrich the knowledge of this area and to affirm that international law is the only rule that is valid, whatever the sea in which we sail.
France has almost 2 million inhabitants and the 2nd largest exclusive economic zone in the world with 11 million km2 of which 9 are in the Indo-Pacific.