Piracy – French Warship Joins Counter-Piracy Force

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 26, 2012

Warship 'FS Guépratte': Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Warship 'FS Guépratte': Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Frigate 'FS Guépratte' joins European Union Operation Atlanta force in Gulf of Aden, off Horn of Africa

The Counter-Piracy force of the European Union (EU NAVFOR), typically comprising 4 – 7 surface combat vessels patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa, has been joined by the French navy frigate FS Guépratte .

The 125 meter long FS Guépratte with 3600 metric tonnes displacement is a second-line multi-mission stealth frigate of the French Marine Nationale, in service since 2001.

Equipped with a Panther helicopter, her contribution to scouting the seas  for piracy will be highly valued.

She is named after the 19th century admiral Émile Paul Amable Guépratte.

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