French warship ends aid mission to Indonesia

18th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

SINGAPORE, Feb 18 (AFP) - French helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc arrived in Singapore's Changi Naval Base on Friday after ending relief operations in the tsunami-hit Indonesian province of Aceh.

SINGAPORE, Feb 18 (AFP) - French helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc arrived in Singapore's Changi Naval Base on Friday after ending relief operations in the tsunami-hit Indonesian province of Aceh.

Jeanne d'Arc and its accompanying ship, submarine destroyer Georges Leygues, spent close to a month carrying out rehabilitation operations off Aceh's capital of Banda Aceh and Meulaboh, another devastated city to the south.

Much of their efforts were carried out by Jeanne d'Arc's 13 helicopters, which ferried 800 people trapped in isolated areas to safety and delivered more than 70 tons of food and medical supplies.

The 800-strong crew also carried out rehabilitation work within the cities, renovating five schools and a medical centre.

"The crew proved to be extremely motivated and united in helping the tsunami-stricken victims," Jeanne d'Arc commanding officer Marc de Briancon told reporters on board the vessel in Singapore on Friday.

"We are proud to see how survivors started to live their lives again."

Both warships will spend a week in Singapore before leaving for the Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean to resume training missions. The vessels are due to return to France on 13 May.

The French defence ministry said last month that Jeanne d'Arc would be replaced by La Marne, a command and supply ship.

 

© AFP

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