Navy Recognition learned that during her deployment with USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group, FREMM Provence was tasked as "sector air defense commander" while crossing the Hormuz strait. This shows the very high level of integration and interoperability of the French Navy and its latest surface combatant, the FREMM, with US forces and allies. It also illustrate that while air defence is not their primary mission, FREMMs are very capable air warfare platforms non the less, and truly multi role vessels.
Talking to Navy Recognition during the ceremony, Vice Admiral Jean Louis Lozier (in charge of naval programmes at the French Navy) explained that the induction of the Aquitaine-class frigates is a game changer for the French Navy bringing in new capabilities. FREMMs have the capability to cope with and offset emerging Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategies emerging in some countries like Russia and China.
The French Navy is set to officially declare "ready for active duty" FREMM Provence in June 2016 and FREMM Languedoc at the end of the year following a long deployment period.
The FREMM programme represents today the construction of ten vessels, of which eight for the French Navy. Six FREMMs will have been delivered to the French Navy before mid-2019, in accordance with the 2015-2019 military programming law. DCNS is currently completing the FREMM Auvergne, which was floated on 2 September 2015, and is pursuing the assembly of the FREMM Bretagne. Work has started on the eighth FREMM in the series, the Normandie. Last but not least, DCNS is finalising the design of two FREMMs with strengthened anti-aircraft capacities, the delivery of which is slated for 2022.
Overview of the FREMM series
Aquitaine, first in the series, delivered in 2012
Mohammed VI, delivered to the Royal Moroccan Navy in 2014
Provence delivered in June 2015
Tahya Misr, delivered to the Egyptian Navy in June 2015
Languedoc delivered on 16 March 2016
Auvergne, Bretagne and Normandie to be delivered in 2017, 2018 and 2019
Two FREMMs with strengthened anti-aircraft capacities to be delivered in 2021 and 2022
To learn more: Link to FREMM Frigate (Aquitaine class) technical datasheet
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