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French Navy's FREMM frigate La Provence visits Turkish Naval Base.

| 2022

According to a tweet published by the Turkish MoD on June 24, 2022, the French FREMM frigate La Provence made a port visit to the Aksaz Naval Base, Turkey.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 French Aquitaine class frigate La Provence (Picture source: Turkish MoD)

Provence (D652) is an Aquitaine-class frigate of the French Navy. The Aquitaine class was developed as part of the FREMM multipurpose frigate program.

Provence was developed as part of a joint Italian-French program known as FREMM, which was implemented to develop a new class of frigates for use by various European navies. Construction on the ship began in 2010 and was completed in 2015.

The frigate has a length of 142 meters, a width of 20 meters, and a displacement of 6000 tons. She can reach a top speed of 27 knots and can carry up a crew of 123 people and 14 people for the helicopter detachment.

The performance of her combat system are strengthened with increased radar and communication capabilities, a new radar and electro-optical fire control system as well as Naval Group SETIS® Combat Management System equipped with specific air defense functions.

The Aquitaine-class frigate is armed with two Sylver A43 vertical launch systems for a total of 16 MBDA Aster 15 surface-to-air missiles, one Leonardo OTO Melara 76 mm SR naval gun, three Nexter 20 mm Narwhal remote weapon systems, eight MBDA MM-40 Exocet block 3 anti-ship missiles, 16-cell MBDA SYLVER A70 VLS for 16 MBDA MdCN naval land-attack cruise missiles and two double Leonardo (WASS) B-515 launcher for MU 90 torpedoes.

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