French shipbuilder, Naval Group has delivered the fifth FREMM multi-mission frigate, FS Bretagne (D655), to the French Navy.
FS Bretagne is the fifth of eight FREMM frigates ordered by Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Organisation conjointe de coopération en matière d’armement, OCCAR) on behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement, DGA) for the French Navy.
The ship was launched in September 2016 and will be homeported in Brest once commissioned.
Four FREMM frigates were already delivered to the French Navy between 2012 and 2017; the FS Aquitaine (D650) in 2012, the FS Provence (D652) in 2015, the FS Languedoc (D653) in 2016 and the FS Auvergne (D654) in April 2017. The sixth in the class, FS Normandie (D651), was launched earlier this year and will be delivered to the Navy by 2019.
The two final frigates, FS Alsace and FS Lorraine, will be delivered to the French Navy before the end of 2022. These frigates will be equipped with strengthened air defence capacities.
On the international market, Morocco took delivery of the Mohammed VI in 2014 and Egypt took delivery of the Tahya Misr in 2015. In total, Bretagne is the eighth FREMM frigate to be built by Naval Group in Lorient.
FREMM (French: Frégate européenne multi-mission; Italian: Fregata europea multi-missione, European multi-purpose frigate) is a class of multi-purpose frigates designed by France’s Naval Group/Armaris and Italy’s Fincantieri for the French Navy and the Italian Navy.
In France the class is known as the Aquitaine class, while in Italy they are known as the Bergamini class.
Orizzonte Sistemi Navali – OSN acts as prime contractor for Italy in the initiative, while Armaris (Naval Group and Thales) is prime contractor for France.
Italy has ordered six general purpose variants and four anti-submarine warfare (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. The class is one of the five finalists for the U.S. Navy’s FFG(X) program.