DCNS delivers multimission frigate Mohammed VI to Royal Moroccan Navy
handover ceremony was held in Brest in the presence of His Excellency
Prince Moulay Rachid El Alaoui, brother of the King of Morocco, Jean-Yves
Le Drian, the French Minister of Defence and Patrick Boissier, Chairman
& CEO of DCNS. The Mohammed VI, named in honour of the Moroccan
sovereign, is the first vessel from the Group’s FREMM range of
multimission frigates to be acquired by an international customer.
The handover ceremony was held in Brest in the presence of His
Excellency Prince Moulay Rachid El Alaoui, brother of the King of Morocco,
Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister of Defence and Patrick Boissier,
Chairman & CEO of DCNS.
DCNS has handed over the multimission frigate Mohammed
VI to the Royal Moroccan Navy on time, on budget and with performance
as promised. This is the second vessel of this type designed and built
by DCNS in a production run of 12 ships for the French and Moroccan
Navies. The Mohammed VI benefits from the same technological and production
innovations as the FREMM frigates for the French Navy. The Royal Moroccan
Navy will acquire the ship’s weapon systems and munitions directly
from its own selected suppliers.
The Mohammed VI Frigate during sea trials
Thanks to their versatility and manoeuvrability,
FREMM frigates meet the operational needs of navies all over the world.
They are designed to deal with all types of air, surface, subsurface
and land-based threats, and are amongst the most technologically advanced
and competitively priced on the world market.
“Aside from her exception capabilities, the Mohammed VI is
a very special warship for us because Morocco was the first country
after France to order a FREMM frigate designed and built by DCNS,"
said Patrick Boissier, Chairman and CEO of DCNS. “ We are deeply
honoured by this mark of confidence particularly as the Mohammed VI
will be the Royal Moroccan Navy’s biggest and most powerful
warship when it enters service.”
The agreement between Morocco and France was for a FREMM multimission
frigate optimised for anti-submarine warfare. The ‘first-cut’
ceremony took place on 12 December 2008 and construction took a total
of five years. The ship was floated out of its construction dock on
14 September 2011. The sea trials undertaken since April this year
have confirmed that the Mohammed VI fully satisfies the target levels
Members of the Royal Moroccan Navy crew assigned to the Mohammed
VI participated in the sea trials to acquaint themselves with shipboard
operations. Working in tandem with the French Navy crew, the Moroccan
personnel took part in activities ranging from bridge and propulsion
watchkeeping to safety exercises and platform management. The Moroccan
crew had previously familiarised themselves with the FREMM platform
management systems through simulator training at DCNS’s Lorient
shipyard and the Le Mourillon centre near Toulon.
The French FREMM programme calls for twelve ships –
eleven for the French Navy and one for the Royal Moroccan Navy.
DCNS delivered the Aquitaine, the first FREMM multimission frigate,
to the French Navy in November 2012.
The second-of-type was delivered to the Royal Moroccan Navy today,
30 January 2014, in compliance with the contractual provisions and has
been named Mohammed VI.
Five FREMM frigates are currently under construction at the Group’s
• Third-of-type FREMM frigate Normandie began her sea trials in
October 2013 and is scheduled for delivery to the French Navy later
• FREMM frigate Provence was floated out on 18 September 2013.
• The fifth- and sixth-of-type are at different stages of assembly.
• The first-cut ceremony for the seventh-of-type took place in
FREMM technical data
• Length overall: 142 m
• Beam: 20 m
• Displacement (approx.): 6,000 tonnes
• Max. speed: 27 knots
• Complement: 108 (including helicopter crew)
• Accommodation: 145 men and women
• Range: 6,000 nm at 15 knots.
Mohammed VI combat system
• one 76-mm main gun
• equipped to deploy 8 Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles
• equipped to deploy 19 anti-submarine torpedoes
• equipped to deploy 16 Aster anti-air missiles.