DCNS launches Provence FREMM, third Frigate of the Aquitaine class for
the French Navy
On 18 September
2013, DCNS launched FREMM Provence at its Lorient shipyard.
This industrial milestone marks an important step in building the
ship. It emphasizes once again the industrial dynamism of DCNS as
five multimission frigates are currently being built simultaneously
and are at different stages of completion.
is launched at DCNS Shipyard in Lorient
the coming months, DCNS teams and their subcontractors will continue
assembling FREMM Provence, with the next major step consisting
in the installation of masts hosting the main ship's sensors (radars,
antennas, cameras, jammers ...).
Fourth of the FREMM series built by DCNS, the Provence saw
its construction begin in December 2010. This new generation frigate
will be implemented by a small crew of 108 sailors (ie less than half
the previous generation frigates). The FREMM will be capable of versatile
missions such as air defense, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.
For DCNS, the FREMM program is the construction of twelve frigates.
Eleven are for the French Navy. They were ordered by the French Procurment
Agency (DGA). The twelfth is conducted on behalf of the Royal Moroccan
FREMM frigates are built with DCNS as prime contractor. These
are amongst the most technologically advanced and competitive ships
on the market. Heavily armed, they implement the most advanced weapons
systems and equipment, such as Herakles multifunction radar, Aster surface-to-air
missiles, Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles and MU 90 torpedoes.