DCNS has launched the first Gowind Class offshore patrol vessel, L’Adroit, just one year after construction work began.

The new OPV has been designed to carry out maritime surveillance and a wide range of coastguard and naval missions.

The 87m-long OPV offers three weeks’ blue-water endurance, a range of 8,000nm and can cruise at a speed of 21kt.

The OPV can accommodate an organic helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as 30 passengers.

The vessel will be moored for major outfitting that includes the upper deck equipment compartments and the installation of the single enclosed mast, as well as the main radome and electronic systems.

The sea trials are scheduled to take place in mid 2012.