Port call of the French surveillance frigate Le Floréal in Cape Town
French Surveillance Frigate Le Floréal docked in Cape Town, under the command of Commander Marc Woodcock, between 6 and 12 March 2015.
Le Floréal, based in Reunion Island, is the first vessel in a series of six surveillance frigates of the same class. She was built by the “Chantiers de l’Atlantique” in Saint-Nazaire and then commissioned in 1992.
French surveillance frigates fulfil a specified range of operational needs including patrolling overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty and in the deep sea to protect France’s interests.
With an overall length of 93.5 meters and breadth of 14 meters, the frigate Floréal displaces 2 800 tons. She is armed with one 100mm and two 20mm multipurpose guns and four 12,7mm browning guns. The Floréal is also fitted with a Eurocopter Panther helicopter. She is propelled by four 2200 hp diesel engines and fed with three diesel generators. The crew is composed of 98 sailors: 14 officers, 65 petty officers and 19 seamen.
Le Floreal carries out several different tasks such as anti-piracy missions, the surveillance of maritime area with ability for recognition and localization of illegal vessels in various weather conditions, the navigation and fishing police in Austral and Antarctic French economic areas as well as public service operations and the enforcement of France’s international defence agreements.
Ambassador Barbier boarded the vessel with Xavier d’Argoeuves, Consul of France in Cape Town on March 9 2015.