France confirms ship Dupuy de Lome presence in Taiwan Strait

According to information published by Focus Taiwan on October 13, 2021, the French Ministry of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, confirmed a hearing of the senate, the presence of the signal intelligence vessel Dupuy de Lome in the Taiwan Strait.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Signal intelligence vessel Dupuy de Lome (Picture source: Twitter account of WarshipCam)

Dupuy de Lôme (A759), named after the 19th-century engineer Henri Dupuy de Lôme, is a ship designed for the collection of signals and communications beyond enemy lines, which entered the service of the French Navy in April 2006. In contrast to Bougainville, the ship that she replaced, Dupuy de Lôme was specifically designed for sea intelligence, pursuant to the MINREM project (Moyen Interarmées Naval de Recherche ElectroMagnétique, "Joint Naval Resources for Electromagnetic Research").

Dupuy de Lôme was designed and built by Royal Niestern Sander shipyards in Delfzijl, The Netherlands with yard number 816. The Thales Naval France designed the electromagnetic intelligence part of the vessel. She provides a 350-day-operational availability a year, out of which 240 can be spent at sea.

The ship is operated by two naval crews, each composed of thirty-three sailors and another thirty-three technicians, and an optional complement of up to thirty-eight specialists, depending on the mission. The specialized personnel operates under the French Directorate of Military Intelligence.