01. October 2014
The third French FREMM frigate “Provence” starts sea trials
On 1 October 2014, the third French FREMM multi-mission frigate “Provence” started its sea trials in Lorient.
These first sea trials and tests focus on the propulsion system and ship’s navigation, and involve industrial teams led by DCNS, the French Navy crew, the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and the OCCAR FREMM Programme Division.
The sea trials of the combat system will start in early 2015 and the actual delivery of the “Provence” frigate is planned during the second quarter of 2015.
The First of Class frigate “Aquitaine” was accepted by OCCAR on 23 November 2012 and delivered to the French Navy. Five other French FREMM frigates, including the second of class “Normandie” planned for delivery at the end of 2014 and the “Provence”, are currently being built simultaneously and are at different stages of assembly and construction at the DCNS Lorient shipyard.