DCNS delivers fourth FREMM frigate for France
Kate Tringham, London - IHS Jane's Navy International
13 April 2017
French shipbuilder DCNS handed over the fourth Aquitaine-class FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multi-Mission) frigate to the French Navy on 11 April.
Auvergne is one of six ships in France's planned eight-ship FREMM programme being configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. It follows sister ship Languedoc , which was delivered on 16 March 2016, lead ship Aquitaine , which was delivered in November 2012, and Provence , which was delivered in June 2015. The two remaining ASW variants - Bretagne and Normandie - are scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Ships seven and eight will be configured for anti-air warfare (AAW) operations. According to DCNS work has already begun on seventh ship Alsace . The ship is due to be handed over in 2021, while Lorraine , the final FREMM frigate, will be delivered in 2022.
The ASW-configured FREMMs are intended to replace the French Navy's Tourville and Georges Leygues classes, while the AAW variants will replace its Cassard-class frigates.
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