French Navy Commissions the Experimental Patrol Vessel L’Adroit
(Source: French navy; issued March 21, 2012)
(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
The French navy has commissioned the Gowind-class OPV L’Adroit, developed and built by DCNS, which it will test for a range of missions during the next three years. (DCNS photo)
On March 19, the French Navy commissioned the experimental patrol vessel L’Adroit.

Fitted with a significant number of technical innovations, the ship was handed over to the navy on Oct. 21, 2011, for a three-year trial period, during which she will carry out a wide variety of naval missions such as fisheries inspection and protection, anti-drugs operations, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, and search and rescue at sea.

Crewed by two full crews which alternate ever four months, L’Adroit is designed to remain at sea for extended periods -- up to 220 days per year. With an overall length of 87 meters, the experimental patrol vessel L’Adroit has a range of 8,000 nautical miles. It can remain at sea for over three weeks at a stretch, sail at speeds of up to 21 knots, and operate both helicopters and drones.

She requires a crew of only 30 officers and ratings, and can in addition also carry up to 30 passengers.

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