The 59-metre-long vessel, Arago last week paid a courtesy visit to Penrhyn, where the crew welcomed ministerial and government representatives aboard for lunch and a tour.
Those who joined the crew on board for a three course meal included mayor Rio Teika, MP Willie John, councillors Saitu Marsters and Mataora Marsters, government representative Takake Akatapuria, and acting executive officer Tamu Tapaitau.
Following lunch, Penrhyn locals took the captain for a tour around the island, giving the visitors a first-hand insight into life on the remote northern island.
After encountering engine problems, the ship was required to anchor beyond the reef, but despite the setback ship is now slowly making its way to Rarotonga.
Arago was launched in September, 1990 as a hydrographic survey vessel before becoming a patrol boat. The vessel is 59 metres long, with a beam of 10.9 metres and a displacement of 850 tonnes/1100 tonnes.
It has an armament of 2/12.7mm machine guns, and can travel at a speed of 15 knots.
The ship has made previous visits to Rarotonga. In 2015 it took part in the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)-led operation Tui Moana.
The operation was one of an annual series of four monitoring, control and surveillance operations, aimed at curbing illegal fishing throughout the central and south Pacific.
The vessel will dock in Rarotonga September 3, where it will remain till September 6.
The public is welcome to board and view Arago during the afternoon of September 3 and 4 between 2.00 and 5.00 pm.
Honorary French consul Patricia Barton said Arago’s visit to the Cook Islands was long overdue and offered locals an opportunity to meet with the crew.