New French Frigate Deploys to Brest


2012-11-06 The FREEM Aquitaine is seen in the video on November 6, 2012 leaving its DCNS construction facility in Lorient with its destination being its deployment port in Brest.

According to DCNS:

The FREMM is a front-line warship designed to form the operational backbone of major navies. The FREMM class can respond to all kinds of threats, whether from land, sea or air. Acting alone, a FREMM can assume a multitude of missions, from escort duties to naval gunfire support. As part of a joint task force, a FREMM can accommodate a fleet operations staff and, with an excellent C4ISR capability, can direct warfare in one or several spheres.

The FREMM design offers a perfect balance between stealth and hitting power. Hard-kill and soft-kill weapons, associated with a discretion profile, are selected to offer the best cost/efficiency ratio. Each component is integrated bearing in mind that a warship is no longer an accumulation of sensors and weapons but a complex system to be designed as an optimized ensemble. Thus, the performance of this system is greater than the sum of its components.

With 12 frigates already on order, the DCNS has the largest naval programme underway in Europe. Thanks to 12 units already ordered, DCNS manages the Europe’s biggest naval programme. The Royal Moroccan Navy is the first FREMM export customer. FNS Aquitaine is the first of class and is at present performing her acceptance trials with a French Navy crew aboard.

Order book :

  • Royal Moroccan Navy : 1 unit with ASW enhanced capabilities
  • French Navy : 9 units with ASW and shore bombardment enhanced capabilities
  • French Navy : 2 units with area AAW enhanced capabilities