French Frigate Visiting Fremantle

The French Navy’s newest FREMM frigate, FS Auvergne, berthed at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port November 15th.

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The ship started its maiden operational deployment from its homeport of Toulon on 18 August.

The frigate has spent the past four months operating in the Indian Ocean where it was put through its paces by its crew.

An NH90 helicopter has been embarked on the frigate during the deployment.

FS Auvergne and crew started preparations for this deployment a year ago.

The frigate was built by DCNS (now Naval Group), launched in September 2015 and started sea trials in September 2016.

Auvergne is the fourth anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the FREMM multi-mission frigates. The French Navy has a total of eight frigates in the class on order, six ASW and two anti-air warfare variants.

FS Auvergne berthing at Victoria Quay

The 142-metre long ships are equipped with the Aster and Exocet MM 40 missiles and the MU 90 torpedoes.

They can reach maximum speeds of 27 knots and have a range of 6,000 miles at a speed of 15 knots.

The ships can be operated by a crew of 108, with the helicopter detachment included.

FREMM frigates are built within the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation).