French Navy’s Aquitaine-class frigate ‘Alsace’ ready for operations

FREMM Aquitaine Alsace-class frigate. Credit: Corinne (@cbreizhmabro) / commons.wikimedia.org.

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly has announced that the Aquitaine Alsace-class frigate is ready for operations.

Alsace is a French Navy frigate developed through the Frégate Européenne Multi-Missions (FREMM) multipurpose frigate program.

It is the first of two FREMM-class air defense variants. The other variant is Lorena.

The European multi-mission frigate FREMM is a joint program between France and Italy. It will build 21 FREMM frigates for the French Navy and the Italian Navy.

Parly posted on Twitter: “The multi-mission frigate Alsace is ready for operations. It belongs to a class of frigates recognized worldwide for their combat capabilities.

“The renewal of Marine Nationale equipment is essential in the current strategic environment.

“To protect our coasts and our exclusive economic zone, in the face of obstacles to freedom of navigation, in the face of intimidation attempts at sea, in the face of the desire to deny access to certain areas, France needs a credible navy.”

Alsace’s operational capabilities were validated on November 17 with the launch of an Aster 30 anti-aircraft missile. This marked the ship’s transition to active duty.

In addition to providing anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities, FREMM frigates offer interoperability and operational readiness. Frigates can respond to air, sea and land threats.

Alsace was launched in April 2019 at the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient, just thirteen months after the keel laying took place.

In April this year, he surrendered to the French Navy base in Toulon.

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