The French naval patrol vessel L'Adroit sailed into the southern Croatian naval port of Lora on Monday morning as part of the cooperation between the Croatian and French navies within the European Union and NATO.
"This is one of the most modern vessels in the French Navy," French ambassador Michele Boccoz told a press conference in Split, adding that she and the captain of the L'Adroit, Nicolas Giuaraud, would meet today with the Croatian Navy commander, Commodore Predrag Stipanovic, the head of Split-Dalmatia County, Zlatko Zevrnja, and the mayor of Split, Ivo Baldasar.
The vessel arrived in Croatia after spending some time on various missions in the seas of South America, along the coast of Somalia and in the eastern Mediterranean. The ship's crew will be joined by a Croatian officer who will, in the course of their voyage back to Toulon, familiarise himself with the vessel's features and steering procedures.
Asked by the press if the L'Adroit's arrival in Croatia was connected with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, Boccoz said that the vessel participated in various NATO missions but was not directly involved in the migrant crisis.
"The French Navy and the Croatian Navy collaborate in combating piracy, illegal migrations and human trafficking, and maritime control and the two countries' fishing police also collaborate, but the L'Adroit is not directly involved in dealing with the migrant crisis," the French ambassador said.
Boccoz announced that she and Baldasar would open a French-Croatian economic forum in the County Chamber of Commerce in Split in the afternoon. She said that the forum would help members of the French-Croatian Chamber of Commerce become better acquainted with the economic potential in Split-Dalmatia County in order to encourage French companies to invest.
The French ambassador is also scheduled to attend an international seminar, entitled "Strategies and challenges in the Adriatic and Mediterranean", in Split on Wednesday.