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DCNS to launch third French FREMM

05 September 2013
DCNS unveiled the extended range concept for FREMM in September 2012. Source: DCNS

French naval shipbuilding, systems, and services group DCNS is scheduled to launch the French Navy's third FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multimission) Aquitaine-class frigate at the DCNS Lorient shipyard on 18 September 2013.

The third of a planned total of 11 FREMM frigates on order for the Marine Nationale, Provence , will undergo further outfitting and commence trials before being delivered to French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) in 2015, prior to entering service.

Provence follows Normandie (launched in October 2012 and expected to be delivered in early 2014) and first-of-class Aquitaine (in service, with initial operational capability anticipated in 2014).

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