French Navy’s fifth ASW FREMM frigate concludes sea trials

16 November 2017 (Last Updated November 16th, 2017 12:33)

The fifth French anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frégate européenne multi-mission (FREMM) frigate, Bretagne, has successfully completed its first sea trials in Lorient.

French Navy’s fifth ASW FREMM frigate concludes sea trials
FREMM frigate Bretagne’s first sea voyage. Credit: Naval Group.

The fifth French anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frégate européenne multi-mission (FREMM) frigate, Bretagne, has successfully completed its first sea trials in Lorient.

The sea trials were conducted to test the performance of the vessel’s propulsion and navigation systems.

Bretagne was designed and constructed by Naval Group and was built as part of an order placed by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) on behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA).

The sea trials involved the participation of industrial teams led by Naval Group and featuring representatives from the OCCAR FREMM Programme Division, the French Navy and the DGA.

"The sea trials involved the participation of industrial teams led by Naval Group and featuring representatives from the OCCAR FREMM Programme Division, the French Navy and the DGA."

The frigate’s construction began in October 2013.

A series of additional tests and trials focusing on various systems such as the combat management solution are scheduled to continue over the coming weeks.

The French Navy is slated to take delivery of the ship in mid-2018.

The navy previously received the fourth ASW configured frigate, Auvergne, from Naval Group under a planned eight-ship FREMM programme in April.

Three additional vessels, including Bretagne, are currently under different stages of assembly and construction at Naval Group Lorient shipyard.

The French Navy is expected to have received six FREMM by 2019.

The final two ships in the series are set to be specially configured for anti-air warfare (AAW) operations and delivered in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

FREMM frigates are integrated with a variety of advanced and capable weapon systems such as the Héraclès multifunction radar and naval cruise missiles, as well as Aster and Exocet MM40 missiles or MU 90 Torpedoes.