The French Navy’s Aquitaine-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate, FS Auvergne (D654) arrived at the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit today (Dec. 3).
Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the visiting ship in accordance with naval customs upon her arrival. The Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, H.E. Jean-Marin Schuh and several officials from the French Embassy were present on the harbour premises to receive the vessel.
The ship’s crew that is on a four-day official visit in the country is scheduled to take part in several programmes including sporting engagements organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, with the aim of exchanging professional skills and strengthening camaraderie between the two navies.
Auvergne is due to leave for her next port of call on 06th of this month.
FS Auvergne (D654):
FS Auvergne (D654) is the fifth Aquitaine-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate of French Navy. Auvergne is equipped with state of the art weapons & sensors & carries NH90 helicopter.
The vessel is 142 m long , 20 m wide and has a displacement of 6000 tons. It has a crew complement of 142.
Construction of the ship began in August 2012 at the DCNS shipyard in Lorient. The frigate was launched on 2 September 2015 and the delivery to the French Navy took place on
Aquitaine-class is the French Navy version of the FREMM multi-purpose frigates designed by DCNS/Armaris and Fincantieri. In Italy, they are known as the Bergamini class.
The lead ship of the class, Aquitaine, was commissioned in November 2012 by the French Navy.
Italy has ordered six general purpose variants and four ASW variants; the last two Italian general purpose FREMMs will have anti-aircraft warfare (AAW), anti-ballistic missile (ABM) and surface attack capabilities.
France has ordered six ASW variants, and two air-defence variants.