DCNS has completed the first sea outing of the FREMM Languedoc on the Lorient site, the third of the series of vessels ordered by OCCAR on behalf of the DGA (French Defense Procurement Agency) and the French Navy.
During this first sea outing, the main objective was to test the performance of the vessel’s propulsion and navigation system.
The FREMM Languedoc, whose construction was completed in September this year, will benefit from a significant reduction in the duration of its sea trials compared to the previous FREMMs: six weeks instead of the previous eight. This optimized trial duration illustrates the transition to “series mode” for the multi-mission frigates.
DCNS teams and those of its partners were thus able to capitalize on the experience acquired with the FREMMs already delivered to proceed with the integration of the combat system’s sensors and weapons before the FREMM Languedoc’s first sea outing. This streamlining of the scheduling allows an optimization of the duration and number of sea outings for the frigate and therefore, in the end, a reduction in the total time required for vessel trials.
Anne Bianchi, Director of the FREMM Program at DCNS, explains:
The acceleration of the trial scheduling for the FREMM Languedoc is a demonstration of DCNS capacity to ensure efficient serial production.