La Fayette participates in commemorations of Franco-American friendship

September 26, 2018 (Google Translation) – On September 23, 2018, the guard of honor of the frigate La Fayette participated in the 56 th Franco-American Navy Day “Amiral de Grasse ‘in Grasse (06). These included honoring Admiral François Joseph Paul de Grasse, commander of the French squadron who won the Chesapeake Bay (United States) in 1781 and other French war heroes. American Independence, the Marquis de La Fayette and the Count de Rochambeau.

The ceremony took place on the Honoré Cresp course with a rise of American and French colors, in the presence of the Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean , Vice-Admiral Wing Charles-Henri du Che. Numerous local authorities and a detachment of the US Navy , the Army and the Combatant and Patriotic World Associations were present.

A little history…

The crew of La Fayette has found for the occasion members of the Cincinnati society with which it has close ties since the admission to active service of the frigate La Fayette in 1996.

The Cincinnati Society, founded in 1783 by George Washington, aims to perpetuate the memory of the circumstances that led to the independence of the United States and the fraternity of arms that unites American and French officers during the fighting that they led together. It brings together the descendants of senior officers who participated in the American Revolutionary War. His French branch was founded in 1784 by the vice-admiral d’Estaing and met at the residence of Count Rochambeau for the officers of the French expeditionary force and at the home of the Marquis de La Fayette for French officers who had served under the 13 stars US.