July 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – This Thursday, June 25, 2020, the tricolor flag rose for the first time on board the frigate Alsace , the first unit of the French Navy to bear this name.
It was in Lorient that Vice-Admiral Jean-Philippe Rolland, commander of the Naval Action Force, presided over this color lifting and had Captain Guillaume Garnoix recognized as commander. This ceremony is a major step for the Navy but also for the sailors of Alsace . The admiral, when he addressed the crew, emphasized its significance: “today you are initiating the first pages of a long human and operational history. Through monitoring and conducting the tests, through your commitment to rapidly mastering the unit’s capabilities and through a successful increase in power, your efforts will be decisive for future military successes.”
FREMMs are currently the flagship program for the renewal of the Navy combat fleet. The multi-mission air defense frigate (FREMM DA) Alsace , which is the 7th example, will be delivered in 2021. Lorraine will then be delivered by 2022. Alsace will have reinforced air defense capabilities and will be based in Toulon. These are based in particular on an improvement in the detection performance of air radar, both optronic and radar fire control, the supply of long-range ASTER 30 missiles, etc. These benefits in the fight above the surface are added to the excellent capacities of fight under the sea, specific to FREMM, making them a world reference in the matter.
The main missions assigned to FREMM DA will be:
* Anti-submarine operations;
* Escort of the aircraft carrier or another precious unit;
* Conducting special operations.