The Minister of the Armed Forces of the French Republic Florence Parly salutes the entry into lively service of the frigate Alsace. The Alsace is the seventh multi-mission frigate to affix the ranks of the French Navy. An eighth frigate of the identical kind, the Lorraine, is presently present process assessments, with acceptance scheduled for the tip of 2022. On 22 November, the primary multi-mission frigate with strengthened air-defence functionality (FREMM-DA), the Alsace, was admitted to lively service within the French Navy. The seventh ship constructed underneath the FREMM program, the Alsace is now obtainable to conduct operations. The FREMMs delivered to the French Navy since 2012 (Aquitaine, Provence, Languedoc, Auvergne, Bretagne and Normandie) are multipurpose ships with excellent anti-submarine warfare capabilities. The FREMM-DAs have the identical anti-submarine capabilities because the FREMMs, but in addition possess anti-aircraft, space defence and air operations management functionalities because of fight system upgrades, an optimized slim-line mast and an elevated radar detection vary, in addition to a further ten crewmembers.

The Minister of the Armed Forces of the French Republic Florence Parly stated: “The Alsace is prepared for operations. She belongs to a cutting-edge class of frigates acknowledged worldwide for his or her fight capabilities. Within the present strategic atmosphere, it’s important that we renew the capabilities of our nationwide navy: within the face of obstacles to freedom of navigation, within the face of tried intimidation at sea, within the face of the need to disclaim entry to sure zones, France wants a robust, efficient and credible Navy.”


The primary metal of the FREMM DA Alsace was reduce in 2016, and she or he was launched in Lorient on 18 April 2019. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly took supply of the Alsace on 16 April 2021, when the frigate arrived at her residence port of Toulon after a succession of dockside and sea trials. There adopted a interval of shakedown trials for the frigate and her crew, offering a chance to check out her army capabilities in touch with the plane provider Charles de Gaulle and the nuclear assault submarine Suffren. On 17 November, with the success of her first firing of an Aster 30 anti-aircraft missile, the entire Alsace’s operational capabilities have been lastly validated. She now joins the opposite FREMMs that kind the spine of the floor fleet.

The FREMMs are the flagship programme within the renewal and modernisation of the French Navy. These frigates are stealthy, multipurpose, resilient, versatile, with superior automation methods, and optimized crew measurement. Their essential missions are to manage a maritime operation zone, above and under the floor, to help and help force-projection operations, and—for the primary six frigates within the class—to supply a precision deep strike functionality in opposition to land targets with the naval cruise missile. They function the Caiman Marine helicopter, which has a very effectively developed anti-submarine warfare functionality and might embark on the Écume inflexible inflatable boats of the marine commandos. France’s 2019-2025 army programming legislation offers for the supply of the eighth and ultimate FREMM, the Lorraine, in 2022. The renewal of the French Navy’s first-rank frigate element is ready to proceed with the Defence and Intervention Frigates (FDI) programme, as a result of make its first supply in 2024. By 2030, the French Navy could have 15 first-rank frigates: eight FREMMs (together with two FREMM DAs), two air defence frigates (FDAs) and 5 FDIs.