France Orders Six OPVs for Her Overseas Territories

 In GDI, Defense, Sea, Air, Environment, Threats, France

(Source: French Armed Forces Ministry; issued Dec. 03, 2019)

France has ordered six new large patrol ves­sels to replace those now deployed in her over­seas ter­ri­to­ries, in addi­tion to the three already ordered for the three ter­ri­to­ries in the Caribbean. (DGA image)

PARIS — At the Maritime Economy Symposium in Montpellier today, the President of the Republic announced the order of six new patrol boats for France’s over­seas depen­den­cies.

In accor­dance with the strate­gic goals of the 2019–2025 mil­i­tary pro­gram law, this order rein­forces the pro­tec­tion of our mar­itime ter­ri­to­ries, and advances the renew­al of this capa­bil­i­ty by two years.

In a con­text of increas­ing threats to fish­ing resources, bio­di­ver­si­ty and inter­na­tion­al rules of the law of the sea, France intends to ful­ly exer­cise its sov­er­eign­ty and respon­si­bil­i­ties in France and in its over­seas depen­den­cies.

This announce­ment fol­lows the Ministerial Investment Committee of November 19, 2019, when Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly decid­ed to launch the Patrouilleur d’Outre Mer (Overseas Patrol Vessel) pro­gram, man­aged by the Directorate-General of Armaments (DGA).

That is why the renew­al of naval assets for the sur­veil­lance of our over­seas mar­itime ter­ri­to­ries, which began with the deliv­ery of the three patrol ves­sels for the Antilles and Guiana between 2017 and 2019, con­tin­ues today with this lat­est order, which will allow the replace­ment of the obso­lete patrol ves­sels deployed in New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Reunion Island between 2022 and 2025.

Designed with exten­sive capa­bil­i­ties – and equipped in par­tic­u­lar with an aer­i­al drone — these over­seas patrol boats will car­ry out mis­sions of sov­er­eign­ty and pro­tec­tion in the France’s Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), inter­ven­tion against marine pol­lu­tion and in favor of the envi­ron­ment, as well as res­cue and assis­tance.

Thus, between 2017 and 2025, all the patrol ves­sels sta­tioned over­seas will have been renewed.

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Source: Defense Aerospace

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