July 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the framework of a protocolary visit he supervised the enlistment tasks that are carried out in the OPV that will soon be incorporated into the Argentine Navy and participated in a ceremony in homage to the naval hero Hipólito Bouchard, on the 200th anniversary of the end of his circumnavigation as an Argentine corsair.
Toulon, France – The Chief of the General Staff of the Navy, Admiral José Luis Villán, and the Head of the Naval Mission in Europe, Captain Marcelo Ángel Valverde, visited last Friday the Arsenal of the Naval Base of Toulon to internalize on the advancement of the enlistment and the adaptation works of the OPV L’Adroit and the construction of the other three Oceanic Patrollers that is planned to be incorporated into the Navy, after the signing of the contract between the Argentine Republic and the Naval Group company.
On this occasion they were received by the Vice President for Latin America, Mr. Olivier Michel; the Head of the Surface Units Division and the Head of the Armed Argentina Project – L’Adroit, authorities belonging to the company responsible for the enlistment and construction of the ships.
During the visit, the authorities of the company made a presentation to the Chief of the General Staff of the Navy in which they explained the progress of the works in the OPV L’Adroit and in the OPV N ° 2 and N ° 3, whose construction It was already started in the French shipyards of Piriou, in the town of Concarneau and Kership Lanester in the city of Lorient, respectively, on a total of four ships of the same class planned.
The visit ended with a tour aboard the OPV L’Adroit, during which the naval delegation supervised the modernization and adaptation of the ship, which was previously operated by the French Navy.
Upon his arrival in France, Admiral Villán visited the city of Bormes Les Mimosas, birthplace of Hipólito Bouchard; and participated in the events held in honor of the naval hero, who fought under the orders of Admiral Guillermo Brown in the war for independence and made the corsair expedition aboard the frigate “La Argentina”, circumnavigating the world between 1817 and 1819.
During an emotional ceremony, Admiral Villán awarded the “Argentina Armada Merit Medal” to the mayor of the city, Mr. Francois Arizzi, and his deputy, Mr. Daniel Monier, for having demonstrated, through his personal conduct, a disinterested vocation to help strengthen the links between the Republic of France and the Argentine Navy.
To 200 years of the conclusion of the campaign of corso carried out by Hipólito Bouchard, Admiral Villán said: “The Argentine Navy has come to pay homage to one of its heroes, French by birth, but Argentine by choice. It is important to leave something in the places that we love the most and here we feel at home “.
The event served as a framework for the Chief of the General Staff of the Navy to announce that the Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV), which is being upgraded in Toulon and will soon be incorporated into the Argentine Navy, will be named Hipólito Bouchard.
The next day, in the morning hours, Admiral Villán went to the village of Saint Tropez, where he visited the fort of La Citadelle. There he was received by the mayor of Saint Tropez, Mr. Jean Pierre Tuveri, and by the director of the Museum of Maritime History, Dr. Laurent Pavlidis.
In the afternoon, the Chief of the Navy went to the Naval Base of Toulon, where he was received by the Commander of the Mediterranean Maritime Zone and District, Vice Admiral Charles-Henri du Ché, highest operational authority of the French Military Navy in said maritime space.