February 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Fifth in a series of eight, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Brittany has just been admitted to active service by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CEMM), Admiral Prazuck. This decision marks the entry into the operational cycle of this ultra-modern building.
Built in Lorient, Brittany made its first tests at sea before joining Brest, its base port, May 14, 2018. It was officially received on July 18.
On August 30, Brittany left Brest to begin its Long Term Deployment ( LTP ). This is the first mission of the building which, deployed for several months, is tested in extreme conditions in order to confront it to its future missions. During this deployment, Brittany participated in many exercises with the Allied navies: anti-submarine exercises off the United States or participation in the NATO exercise Trident Juncture off the coast of Norway.
After three months of navigation in the North Atlantic, Brittany found her port-base in Brest at the end of 2018. Today admitted to active service, she joined the surface fleet of the Navy and is preparing to take full part in the operations. Brittany is the second FREMM of the Ponant fleet, after Aquitaine.
In 2030, the Navy will have fifteen first-rate frigates including 8 FREMM, 2 FDA and 5 FDI. FREMM Bretagne is the fifth in a series of eight, after Aquitaine, Provence, Languedoc and Auvergne. It will be followed between 2019 and 2023 by Normandy, Alsace and Lorraine. The last two FREMMs will have enhanced air defense capabilities (FREMM DA).
New generation stealth ships, versatile, enduring and flexible, equipped with advanced automatisms and a crew with optimized manpower, the FREMM are intended to ensure missions such as the security of the oceanic strategic force, the strike of accuracy in depth with naval cruise missile (MdCN), anti-ship battles, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft, the projection of commandos embedded, the protection and escort of a naval air force, or the participation maritime safeguard missions.