Hello! My name is Emmaline Contoret. I am 18 years old and I’m a student at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA). I applied for this internship because of my interest in the maritime industry since it’s about promoting the blue economy to the youth. I’m doing my internship at the Seychelles Air Force (SAF).
So, why did I write “the sky patrol” as the title weightier than something to do with the sea since we are talking about the blue economy? This is because at SAF they do a lot of sky patrol within the Seychelles EEZ as a way of protecting the ocean of Seychelles from any illegal activities such as:
Now I want to share with you some brief information about their patrol. It’s not every day that they fly; they do so when they need to carry out search and rescue operations, assisting the coast guard, VIP transportation, and medical evacuation.
In the case of an illegal activity by boat, SAF will take one of their aircraft (SAF has 3 aircrafts) and fly out over the sea. If they spot the boat, they will then shadow it (this is the process whereby they fly around above the boat in hiding), after they will take their pictures with their super great cameras which can see very far and send it to coast guard and that is when the Coastguard do their part.
Maybe you are still reading this because you want to know about my experience at SAF. Well it was a great 1 week work attachment where I learned a lot of new things about aviation. There I attended a pre-flight check-up and learned about the different parts of a plane and their functions. During the week I mostly observed the engineers working on the plane and I helped. A fun fact I’ve learned about the Seychelles’ EEZ is that we are 1.33 million km square. This is as big as France! Before I thought that we were like a small dot on the map!
To conclude I enjoyed a lot and I think that this internship should continue for others who would like to join because it is educational and fun at the same time! Thank you for the opportunity of making me an intern and I would like to say thank you to the British high Commissioner for making this a success…
Thank you for reading my blog I hope you didn’t get bored along the way and you can bear with the only 2 pictures I could post due to confidentiality at my work place.