Vendémiaire frigate to visit Auckland [fr]
The light monitoring frigate Vendémiaire will berth in Auckland as part of a routine stopover from the 26th until the 30th of August 2016.
The Vendémiaire is a 93 metre-long light monitoring frigate which began service in 1993 with 93 crew members. Assigned to Noumea since 1995, the ship undertakes missions to protect French interests in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and representation missions further afield.
The boat’s missions include:
- Surveillance of overseas areas under French sovereignty
- EEZ surveillance
- fisheries protection
- maritime domain awareness and police patrol
The Vendémiaire was the fifth of a series of six ships built in Saint-Nazaire shipyard in 1993 by “chantiers de l’Atlantique”. Her home port is Nouméa in New Caledonia. Her name refers to the month of grape harvest in the calendar of the eighteen century French revolution (the 22d of September to the 21st of October). The Vendémiaire is the second French vessel that has been called by this name after a submarine of the “pluviose” series (1905).