French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly announced that the Aquitaine Alsace class frigate was ready to intervene.
The Alsace is a French Navy frigate developed as part of the European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) multi-purpose frigate program.
It is the first of two air defense variants of the FREMM class. The other variant is Lorraine.
The European multi-mission frigate FREMM is a joint program between France and Italy. It will build 21 FREMM frigates for the French navy and the Italian navy.
Parly posted on Twitter: “The multi-mission frigate Alsace is ready for operations. It belongs to a class of frigates recognized worldwide for its combat capabilities.
“The renewal of the equipment of the French Navy is essential in the current strategic environment.
“To protect our coasts and our exclusive economic zone, in the face of obstacles to freedom of navigation, in the face of intimidation attempts at sea, in the face of the desire to refuse access to certain areas, France needs a system strong, efficient and credible navy ”.
Alsace’s operational capabilities were validated on November 17 with the firing of an Aster 30 anti-aircraft missile. This marked the ship’s transition to active service.
In addition to providing anti-aircraft, anti-surface, and anti-submarine (ASW) warfare capabilities, FREMM frigates provide interoperability and operational readiness. Frigates can respond to threats from the air, sea and land.
The Alsace was launched in April 2019 at the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient, just thirteen months after laying its keel.
Last April, it was delivered to the French Navy base in Toulon.