Mid-Life Modernization for Three La Fayette Class

August 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – Three of the five La Fayette type frigates (FLF) will undergo a major overhaul, in accordance with the Military Programming Act and the Mercator Plan. From 2021, La Fayette , Courbet and Aconit will benefit from an advanced modernization of their onboard equipment. Particular attention will be paid to the evolution of the on-board computer and electronic systems, modernizing the propulsion control and promoting the digitization as well as the connectivity of the various systems and edge sensors. One of the highlights of this…

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FS Aconit Relieves Sister Guépratte on SIGINT Duty in Eastern Mediterranean

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – On June 22, 2019, the Guépratte was relieved by the light stealth frigate Aconit to ensure operational permanence in the eastern Mediterranean area. Deployed since April in the eastern Mediterranean as part of Operation Chammal, the light-weight frigate Guépratte has carried out an intelligence gathering mission in this strategic area, at the crossroads of many economic and geopolitical issues. This collected information contributed to the French independent assessment of this theater of operations. During this succession to the sea in the theater of operations,…

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GABIAN 18.3: The Fleet is Training off Toulon

September 25, 2018 (Google Translation) – From 17 to 21 September 2018, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Languedoc , the anti-aircraft frigate (FAA) Cassard , the La Fayette frigate (FLF) Aconit and Surcouf , and the command and supply building (BCR) Marne participated in Gabian operational training. This quarterly training takes place in the Mediterranean and allows the different units to maintain their know-how. This edition was marked by the realization of a large variety of shots, refueling maneuvers and anti-aircraft exercises. Synergies with naval aviation have been strong thanks to…

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Franco-Cypriot cooperation for Aconite

Google Translation    Deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean since the end of September, the La Fayette type frigate (FLF) Aconit has used an operational break in Larnaca to strengthen cooperation between the Navy and the Cypriot armies. During a previous visit to Cyprus, French sailors and Cypriot soldiers had already planned and then conducted a bilateral exercise, consisting of landing a helicopter from the Cypriot Air Force on the French frigate. This first interaction was conducted to test the interoperability of medical evacuation. The second operational break was marked by…

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Franco-Algerian cooperation for Aconit

Google Translation From September 5 to 19, 2017, La Fayette Aconit Frigate participated in the annual French-Algerian naval exercise “Raïs Hamidou”, in cooperation with Kalaat Beni Hammad. This operational training is part of bilateral cooperation in the military field. Conducted since 2005, this exercise allows the Algerian Naval Forces and the French Navy to share their know-how in various fields such as the sharing of nautical information, sea rescue and assistance to ships in distress. These interactions, in direct relation to the geopolitical situation in the Western Mediterranean, illustrate the…

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The Force Gabian 17.1

Google Translation March 17, 2017 – Nearly 1,000 soldiers serving some 20 units of the French Navy and the Air Force took part, at sea and in the air, in the first “Gabian” exercise of the year 2017. Is held in the Mediterranean from 6 to 10 March 2017. The Cassard and Jean Bart anti-aircraft frigates , the La Fayette Aconit and Surcouf frigates , the Marne command and supply building, and the Lyre and Capricorne mine fighters carried out over 250 military and logistical exercises of all types, Of…

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