A first commander for the FREMM Normandie

January 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – On January 11, 2019 in Lorient, Captain Jean-Baptiste Soubrier was recognized by Vice-Admiral Wing (VAE) Jean-Philippe Rolland commanding the Naval Task Force (ALFAN), Commander of the Multi Frigate -missions (FREMM) Normandie.

The FREMM Normandie is the sixth in a series of eight. It will be delivered to the Navy in the summer of 2019. Before being admitted to active service, the vessel and its crew will then be tested in real life. The triptych, composed of the FREMM, the Caiman Marine helicopter and the naval cruise missile (MdCN), is unique in Europe. It makes it a world reference in the field of anti-submarine warfare. These frigates, dorsal spines of the surface marine, allow France to appear among the large oceanic navies, deployed on all oceans. The FREMMs are the flagship program for the renewal of the Navy’s surface fleet.

By 2022, the Navy will have 8 FREMMs, 6 of which are anti-submarine. The last two buildings Alsace and Lorraine will be delivered in 2021 and 2022, with enhanced air defense capabilities (FREMM-DA). Heavily armed, these new generation frigates implement weapon systems and equipment in line with the standards of a leading navy.

The main missions of FREMM are:

  • anti-submarine operations thanks to its embedded sonar and torpedoes;
  • protection and escort of naval force, type group naval air;
  • the operations of strikes in depth, with the MdCN;
  • the conduct of special forces operations, type marine commandos.

The first lifting of colors and the taking of command was a major event in the life of this frigate, including the presence of Mr. Hervé Morin, President of the Normandy region, but also Naval Group, European leader in naval defense who designs and builds submarines and surface ships to meet the needs of French and international navies. At its site in Lorient, Naval Group is currently responsible for the design and production of FREMM, intermediate size frigates (FTI) and corvettes.