12. June 2015
FREMM "Provence" frigate delivered to the French Navy
On 12th June 2015, the French FREMM ASW (Anti Submarine Warfare) Follow on Ship frigate “Provence” was accepted by OCCAR on behalf of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) - the French procurement agency - and delivered to the French Navy.
The delivery of this second FREMM frigate (the “Normandie” frigate had been previously sold by France to the Arab Republic of Egypt according to a contract signed in February 2015) comes just a few weeks after the he first firing Naval Cruise Missile (MdCN) from the FREMM “Aquitaine”, which is an unprecedented success in Europe.
FREMM frigates are extensively armed and equipped with the most capable weapon systems and equipment, such as the Héraclès multifunction radar, the Naval Cruise Missile, the Aster and Exocet MM 40 missiles or the MU 90 torpedoes.
The success of this delivery within the schedule objective and the advanced performance are the result of an improved FREMM frigate design and construction process implemented by DCNS Industry in close collaboration with teams from the DGA and the French Navy, and under the supervision of the OCCAR-EA FREMM Programme Division.
Signature of the acceptance documents
The delivery of the next FREMM frigate to the French Navy - the ASM Follow on Ship “Languedoc” - is planned mid 2016.
For the record, the First of Class ASW frigate “Aquitaine” was accepted by OCCAR on 23 November 2012 and delivered to the French Navy. Three other French FREMM frigates are currently being built simultaneously and are at different stages of assembly and construction at DCNS Lorient shipyard.
Provence and the historic frigate Hermione
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