The French Navy (Marine Nationale) just announced that the Aquitaine Frigate, first ship of the FREMM class of multi-mission frigates, has now entered “active duty” (admission au service actif in French). As we reported last week, Aquitaine is expected to join the Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group (CSG) in the coming days. This will be the first operational deployment for this new generation frigate.
Aquitaine‘s keel was laid at DCNS naval shipyard of Lorient in 2007. The Frigate was launched on April 29 2010 and commissioned in the French Navy on November 23 2012. The reason the French Navy took so long between commissioning and putting the vessel on active duty is obviously because Aquitaine is the first of new class of frigate bringing many innovations and capability steps.