Saturday, 14 November 2009

French Naval Visit...

The French naval ship L 9012 - also known as Siroco - pulled into the Port of Cotonou last week. Benin, being a former French colony, has a close relationship with France. The Siroco is an amphibious assault vessel and carries eight troop landing craft as well as four helicopters. She is able to carry over 450 troops, along with a crew of over 200 naval personnel. My Internet searching brought up an interesting fact in terms of Mercy Ships and that is that the Siroco also has a 47 bed hospital and two operating theatres. The visit of this ship brought back memories of the USS Fort McHenry, which was in Liberia last year. Both ships are comparable in terms of size and look.

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