Frigate Captain Gilles Rémignon, commander of the Fort-de-France naval base, presented 8 young people (5 boys, 3 girls) from Martinique and Guadeloupe with their crew diplomas.
“Congratulations. Very good average as the first two average 16”launched the commander of the naval base foyalaise. “I am very proud because they came to see us and we brought them what they wanted and I think they are very happy”he added.
Candidates were allotted according to their rank. These young recruits have signed their first 2-year contract. They will join their future units (the naval base, the Ventôse and Germinal frigates, the Antilles-Guyana patrol vessel La Combattante and the Marine Recruitment Offices in Martinique and Guadeloupe) from 2 January 2023.
“I’m going to the current service office. I want to be a sailor later. I’m going to the Orient first to do the job training and then I’ll be shot”says one of the graduates.
This local recruitment guarantees them geographical stability during their initial contract, after which they can, if they wish, continue a longer career in the French Navy.
This ceremony, to which the families were invited, concludes their period of “initial crew training” delivered from November 7 to December 16, 2022 within the naval base.
“I am very proud as he is my last son. There is some sadness as the cord has been cut almost for good, but there is some pride in seeing him fly. And then more in the national fleet.”entrusts the mother of one of the sailors.
For 6 weeks, these future sailors received training in the military, maritime and security fields.
In particular, this immersion with the sailors allowed them to discover various professions practiced within the French navy, both on land and aboard ships based in the West Indies.