France Navy FREMM DA Alsace makes port visit in Israel

According to information published by the French MFA on February 7, 2023, the French Navy's FREMM DA frigate Alsace makes a port visit in Haifa, Israel.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 French Navy's FREMM DA frigate Alsace. (Picture source: French Embassy)

Alsace (D656) is a French Navy frigate built as part of the FREMM multipurpose frigate program and is the first of two air-defense variants known as the FREMM DA.

The ship was launched on April 18th, 2019, and after successful sea trials in October 2020, was delivered to the French Navy in April 2021. On November 22nd, 2021, the ship was declared fully operational.

The Aquitaine-class frigate, of which Alsace is a part of, has a displacement of 6,000+ tons, a length of 142 meters, a beam of 20 meters, and a draught of 7.6 meters.

The ship is powered by MTU Series 4000 engines and has a top speed of 27 knots. The crew complement is 145+. The ship is equipped with various sensors and processing systems, including the Héraklès multi-purpose radar, Thales STIR EO MK 2 fire control radar, CAPTAS-4 towed-array sonar, and UMS 4110 CL hull-mounted sonar.

The ship's armament includes a 76 mm Super Rapid gun, 3 20 mm Narwhal remote weapon systems, a 32-cell SYLVER A50 VLS for Aster 15 and Aster 30 air defense missiles, 8 Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles and 2 B-515 twin launchers for MU90 torpedoes.