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Posted on Mar 18, 2016


French shipbuilder DCNS has announced the delivery of the frigate FREMM Languedoc, built for the French Navy, to the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) on behalf of the French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA). 

FREMM Languedoc is the fifth unit to be built by DCNS and the third intended for the French Navy. The frigate was officially accepted by OCCAR, an international organization for the lifecycle management of cooperative defence equipment programs, which has the role of contracting authority for FREMMs intended for France and Italy. The ceremony was presided over by the director of OCCAR, Timothy Rowntree, and the Armaments Engineer-General, Laurent Sellier, director of the DGA’s “Armaments Naval Operations” management unit, and in the presence of Pierre Legros, Director of ProgramS at DCNS.

The official acceptance of the FREMM Languedoc demonstrated the satisfaction of the naval personnel who had the opportunity to test the vessel in multiple operational theatres. At the start of the year, the Aquitaine and Provence FREMMs participated in Task Force 50 actions in the Persian-Arabian Gulf along with the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, designed, built and maintained by DCNS. 

The FREMM frigates are among some of the highest-performance latest-generation combat vessels on the market and have already won over three client navies, including the Royal Moroccan Navy in 2014 and the Egyptian Navy in 2015.

The operational deployments and international successes of this latest-generation frigate demonstrate the capacity of DCNS to design, build and maintain competitive, high-tech vessels, which are perfectly suited to the needs of its clients.

The FREMMs are the first vessels in Europe to deploy the naval cruise missile for which the first firing took place on 19 May 2015 from the FREMM Aquitaine.

“The delivery of the FREMM Languedoc represents an opportunity to highlight the serial effects of a program that DCNS clients can take advantage of”, notes Anne Bianchi, Director of the FREMM programme at DCNS.

“With this fifth unit, DCNS has again improved its industrial and economic performance. It was possible to reduce the duration of the sea acceptance trials for the Languedoc frigate to five weeks, thanks to the experience acquired for the FREMMs already delivered. The DCNS teams and our partners have, in effect, attained an unprecedented level of vessel completion even before its first sea outing”, she said.

The FREMM programme has now built ten vessels, eight of which are for the French Navy. Six FREMMs will have been delivered to the French Navy before mid-2019, in accordance with the 2015-2019 military programming law. DCNS is currently completing the FREMM Auvergne, which was floated in September 2015, and is assembling  the FREMM Bretagne. Work has started on the Normandie, the eighth FREMM in the series. Finally, DCNS is completing the design of two FREMMs with strengthened anti-aircraft capacities, the delivery of which is slated for 2022.

Overview of the FREMM series

  • Aquitaine, first in the series, delivered to the French Navy in 2012
  • Mohammed VI, delivered to the Royal Moroccan Navy in 2014
  • Provence, delivered to the French Navy in June 2015
  • Tahya Misr, delivered to the Egyptian Navy in June 2015
  • Languedoc, delivered to the french Navy in March 2016
  • Auvergne, Bretagne and Normandie to be delivered to the French Navy in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively
  • Two FREMMs with strengthened anti-aircraft capacities to be delivered to the French Navy in 2021 and 2022

For more information about the FREMM program and the DCNS Group, visit the DCNS website at