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France orders third Caribbean patrol ship

17 December 2017

The new  PLG patrol ship will join FS
        <I>La Confiance</I>
        (pictured) and FS
        <I>La R&#233;solue</I>
        for operations in the in the French Navy's overseas territories in the Caribbean. (French Navy)The new PLG patrol ship will join FS <I>La Confiance</I> (pictured) and FS <I>La R&#233;solue</I> for operations in the in the French Navy's overseas territories in the Caribbean. (French Navy)The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has ordered a third light patrol vessel (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) from French shipbuilder Socarenam. The vessel will be delivered in 2019 for operation from Fort-de-France in Martinique to cover the Antilles archipelago.

The vessel will join PLGs FS La Confiance (P733) and FS La Résolue (P734), which were ordered in 2014 and delivered in February and September 2017 respectively for operation from Dégrad-des-Cannes in French Guyana.

The PLG displaces around 750 tons and has a length of 60.8 m, a 9.55 m beam, a maximum speed of 21 kt, and an endurance of 12 days at 12 kt. It is manned by a crew of of 24 and can accommodate an additional 14 personnel.

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