The French Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded local shipbuilder Socarenam a contract for the construction of six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) in a series.
The vessels will be operated by the French Navy out of the overseas territories of New Caledonia, La Reunion, French Polynesia, and a yet unnamed fourth location.
Delivery of the OPVs will take place between 2022 and 2025. Each vessel will have a length of approximately 70 metres, a draught no greater than 3.8 metres, and maximum speeds in excess of 22 knots.
The MOD has stated that the vessels will also be used in fisheries protection.
The best maritime site on the web. The sea's our scene!