18. February 2014
FREMM: Visit to the DCNS Lorient Shipyard and the frigate “Normandie”
On the 18th of February 2014, OCCAR Director Tim Rowntree went to the DCNS Lorient shipyard where the French Navy’s FREMM multi-mission frigates are assembled.
In the presence of the OCCAR FREMM Programme Manager, Matteo Bisceglia, and of the Deputy OCCAR FREMM Programme Manager, Thierry Dick, the OCCAR Director visited the DCNS facilities where he appreciated the progress of the FREMM construction. He was delighted to see on-site that the FREMM programme is proceeding on schedule. This success is not only due to the know-how of DCNS but also based on the close and efficient cooperation between OCCAR-EA, the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) and the French Navy.
The Anti-SubMarine First Of Class frigate (ASM FOC) was accepted by OCCAR-EA in November 2012 and handed-over to the French Navy. Five Follow-On Ships (FOS) are now at different stages of construction at DCNS Lorient shipyard.
Accompanied by the DCNS Programme Manager, Mrs. Anne Bianchi, and by the Commanding Officer of the frigate, Capitaine de Vaisseau Charles-Henri Ferragu, the OCCAR-EA Director went onboard the ASM FOS (Follow On Ship) Normandie, the second of class French Navy’s FREMM currently in its sea trials phase.
The OCCAR Delegation also visited the “Central Opérations”, the nerve centre of the warship from where the FREMM combat system is operated.