September 6, 2016 - DCNS floated the FREMM multi-mission frigate Bretagne today in Lorient, France. The achievement of this industrial milestone marks an important step in the construction of the vessel. It once again underlines the dynamism of DCNS and its capacity to deliver six FREMM frigates to the French Navy before mid-2019, in accordance with the Military Programming Law 2014-2019.
DCNS has now floated the FREMM Bretagne on its Lorient site, the seventh frigate in the program and fifth in the series ordered by OCCAR on behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for the French Navy.
This floating, six months after the delivery of the FREMM Languedoc on 16 March 2016, demonstrates DCNS’s capacity to carry out efficient series production, ensuring that it can deliver six frigates to the French Navy before mid-2019.
The FREMM program is advancing rapidly. Five FREMM frigates were already delivered between 2012 and 2015: three for the French Navy and two for international clients, the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Egyptian Navy.
Three FREMM frigates and one Gowind® corvette are currently under construction and at different completion stages at the DCNS site of Lorient:
· FREMM Auvergne, which will start sea trials at the end of September 2016.
· FREMM Bretagne, floated today.
· FREMM Normandie, for which assembling is about to start.
· The first Gowind® corvette, which will be floated on 17 September 2016.
For DCNS, the completion of the FREMM program will represent the construction of ten frigates, eight of them for the French Navy. In addition to the six frigates to be delivered by 2019, there will be two further frigates with strengthened anti-air capacities which will be delivered before end 2022.
FREMM technical characteristics
Under the project management of DCNS, the heavily-armed FREMM frigates are equipped with the most effective weapon systems and equipment, such as the Herakles multifunctional radar, the naval cruise missile, the Aster and Exocet MM 40 missiles and the MU 90 torpedoes.
· Total length: 142 metres
· Width: 20 metres
· Displacement: 6,000 tonnes
· Maximum speed: 27 knots
· Crew: 108 persons (including the helicopter detachment)
· Accommodation capacity: 145 persons
· Range: 6,000 nautical miles at 15 knots