On twenty first October 2022, the primary block of the primary FDI HN frigate (Protection and Intervention Frigate) for the Hellenic Navy was laid down in dry dock at Naval Group’s shipyard in Lorient in presence of Vice Admiral Stylianos Petrakis, Chief of Hellenic Navy Normal Employees. This essential step marks the start of the meeting of the ship within the constructing corridor. On twenty fourth March 2022, Greece selected to equip its naval forces with three defence and intervention frigates, plus one elective, and their in-service assist. The FDI HN, designed and produced by Naval Group in Lorient, will rapidly and sustainably improve the capabilities of the Hellenic Navy’s floor fleet as they are going to be delivered in a really brief timeframe, beginning in 2025 for the primary two models and in 2026 for the third one.

Olivier de la Bourdonnaye, Government Vice President for Applications at Naval Group, stated: “We’re proud to be right here right now to mark this main milestone within the industrial manufacturing of the primary defence and intervention frigate for the Hellenic Navy. These multi-role, cyber-secure and scalable ships will guarantee the prevalence of data, engagement and sovereignty of the Hellenic naval forces.”


Vice Admiral Stylianos Petrakis declared: “I’m very proud that, because the Chief of the Hellenic Navy Normal Employees, I’m attending the position within the dry dock of the primary FDI HN frigate’s first block. Our aspiration is that the FDI HN will grow to be the spearhead of the Hellenic Fleet and can present us with new operational capabilities within the close to future. As such, the FDI HN program indicators our nations will to face along with solidarity towards any threats and units the foundations of the European defence of tomorrow.”

First block of the primary FDI HN frigate, Lorient, France. (Photograph by Naval Group)

On this regard, on the 18th of October 2022, a number of contracts and framework agreements had been signed between Naval Group and Greek firms throughout Euronaval, protecting Platform and Fight Techniques actions. Due to a strong cooperation plan with the Hellenic business (HIP, Hellenic Business Participation Plan), the FDI HN program affords quite a few industrial alternatives for Greece, creating jobs and added worth within the nation. Naval Group’s groups have already established quite a few partnerships with Greek industrial gamers and signed varied contracts with the Hellenic business. Naval Group’s Hellenic Industrial Participation plan will thus contribute to the development of the FDI HN but in addition to the creation of a strong naval industrial ecosystem.

The FDI HN options excessive degree capabilities in all warfare domains: anti-ship, anti-air, antisubmarine and particular forces projection. Its air and floor safety are ensured by probably the most trendy sensors, together with the Thales Sea Hearth, the primary all-digital multifunction radar with an energetic antenna and stuck panels. The structured and longterm partnership proposed by Naval Group will foster manufacturing in Greece but in addition the potential to handle future wants. The FDI HN is supplied with a singular built-in mast that brings collectively all of the airborne sensors, enabling everlasting 360° surveillance. As the primary frigate in the marketplace to be natively protected towards the cyber menace, the FDI HN is supplied with two information facilities internet hosting virtually the entire ship’s purposes.