French Navy Frigate FS Vendémiaire Arrives in Tokyo, Japan

The French Navy Floréal-class light patrol frigate, FS Vendémiaire (F734) arrived in Tokyo, Japan on a goodwill visit on Feb. 8.

The ship left its homeport of Nouméa in New Caledonia for a three-month overseas deployment that took her from Indonesia to South Korea. According to the French Navy, this deployment aims to strengthen knowledge of sensitive areas of the Western Pacific such as the South China Sea.

During the first leg of the mission, the frigate anchored in Waala Bay, Belep Islands, New Caledonia on Jan. 16.

During the course of the mission, the vessel has conducted passage exercise (PASSEX) with the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) on Jan. 29 and a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) operation with U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), on Feb. 3.

FS Vendémiaire (F734)

FS Vendémiaire is a light patrol frigate (“frégate de surveillance”) of the French Marine Nationale (French Navy). She is the fifth ship of the Floréal-class, and is named after Vendémiaire, the first month of the Republican Calendar.

The Floréal-class ships were built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint Nazaire using civilian construction methods as a cost saving measure.

The vessels have a length of 93.5 m (307 ft), beam of 14 m (46 ft), draught of 4.3 m (14 ft) and a displacement of 2,950 tons at full load (2,600 tons at standard load).

They are powered by four SEMT Pielstick 6PA6 L280 marine diesel engines delivering 8,800 hp (6,600 kW). They have a maximum speed of 20 knots and a range of 13,000 nmi at 12 knots.

The vessels are equipped with a standard 100 mm multipurpose gun turret, two Exocet missile launchers, a Dagaie decoy launcher system, two 20 mm Mod F2 cannon, as well as a complete range of detection and counter-measure electronics.

The vessels also has a flight deck capable of accommodating a naval Eurocopter Panther helicopter.

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