Naval Group delivered the FREMM Frigate “Alsace” to the French Navy during a ceremony at Toulon naval base in presence of the French Minister of the Armed forces Florence Parly on April 16.
Alsace (D656) is an Aquitaine-class frigate of the French Navy developed through the FREMM multipurpose frigate program. She is the first of two air-defence variants of the class known as FREMM DA (Frégate Européenne Multimissions de Défense Aérienne) in the program.
Alsace was developed as part of a joint Italian-French program known as FREMM, which was implemented to develop a new class of frigates for use by various European navies. Constructed from 2016. On 18 April 2019, the frigate Alsace was launched. She began sea trials in October 2020.
Her role will be the anti-aircraft defense of major units such as the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, within the framework of a naval air and amphibious group.
Since 2005 Naval Group has built 9 ships under the FREMM program. 7 Ships for the French Navy, 1 for the Moroccan Navy, and 1 for the Egyptian Navy.
|Class and type:||Aquitaine-class frigate|
|Length:||466 ft (142.0 m)|
|Beam:||65 ft (19.8 m)|
|Draught:||16 ft (4.9 m)|
|Propulsion:||MTU Series 4000 (2,2 MW each)|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph); max cruise speed 15.6 knots (28.9 km/h; 18.0 mph)|
|Range:||6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Héraklès multi-purpose passive electronically scanned array radar|
Thales STIR EO MK 2 fire control radar
CAPTAS-4 towed-array sonar
UMS 4110 CL hull-mounted sonar
|Armament:||4x Sylver A50 vertical launch systems for a total of 32x MBDA Aster 15 or 30 surface-to-air missiles|
1 × Leonardo OTO Melara 76 mm SR gun
3 × Nexter 20 mm Narwhal remote weapon systems
8 × MBDA MM40 Exocet block 3 anti-ship missiles
2 x double Leonardo (WASS) B-515 launcher for MU 90 torpedoes
|Aircraft carried:||1 × NH90 helicopter|
The performance of her combat system are strengthened with:
- increased radar and communication capabilities
- a new radar and electro-optical fire control system
- as well as Naval Group SETIS® Combat Management System equipped with specific air defense functions.
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