French frigate Auvergne conducts drills with Bulgarian frigate Drazki in Black Sea

According to information published by the French Ministry of Armed Forces on December 29, 2021, the French Aquitaine-class frigate Auvergne conducts naval drills with the Bulgarian Wielingen-class frigate Drazki in the Black Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 French Aquitaine-class frigate Auvergne and Wielingen-class frigate Drazki (Picture source: French Armed Forces Staff)

Drazki is a Wielingen-class frigate of the Bulgarian Navy. Originally constructed for the Belgian Navy as Wandelaar, the ship was acquired by the Bulgarian Navy in 2004. The frigate is currently in active service.

The Wielingen class is a class of four multi-functional frigates built for the Belgian Navy. The ships are named after sandbanks in the North Sea, not far from the Belgian coast, or sea routes. The lead ship is named after the Wielingen sandbank.

Auvergne (D654) is an Aquitaine-class frigate of the French Navy. The Aquitaine class was developed from the FREMM multipurpose frigate program.

The Aquitaine-class frigate Auvergne is armed with 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.