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DCNS Gowind Offshore Patrol Vessel L'Adroit Leaves Lorient for Toulon
 
Eighteen months after construction began, the Gowind offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit, an innovative maritime safety and security platform, has left DCNS's Lorient shipyard, where it was built, on a course for France's Toulon naval base, its home port. Built under a DCNS-funded programme, L'Adroit incorporates a number of major innovations. DCNS has made the vessel available to the French Navy for three years, and over the next few months it will have a chance to demonstrate its exceptional operational qualities on French Navy missions.

Eighteen months after construction began, the Gowind offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit, an innovative maritime safety and security platform, has left DCNS's Lorient shipyard, where it was built, on a course for France's Toulon naval base, its home port. Built under a DCNS-funded programme, L'Adroit incorporates a number of major innovations. DCNS has made the vessel available to the French Navy for three years, and over the next few months it will have a chance to demonstrate its exceptional operational qualities on French Navy missions.

 
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World Navy Force News - France
 
 
 
DCNS Gowind Offshore Patrol Vessel L'Adroit Leaves Lorient for Toulon
 
Eighteen months after construction began, the Gowind offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit, an innovative maritime safety and security platform, has left DCNS's Lorient shipyard, where it was built, on a course for France's Toulon naval base, its home port. Built under a DCNS-funded programme, L'Adroit incorporates a number of major innovations. DCNS has made the vessel available to the French Navy for three years, and over the next few months it will have a chance to demonstrate its exceptional operational qualities on French Navy missions.

A symbol of DCNS's ambition to win a larger share of the markets for small- and medium-displacement surface ships, the Gowind OPV L'Adroit put out from Lorient on Saturday 19 November on a course for Toulon, where it will arrive late next week.

"Its departure marks the end of the L'Adroit construction phase at Lorient," said Marc Maynard, Gowind OPV L'Adroit programme manager. "In 18 months, the 100 people involved in the programme have successfully met the major industrial challenge of building this innovative vessel packed with state-of-the-art technologies. We are confident that the French Navy will demonstrate the vessel's impressive capabilities, helping to promote Gowind in international markets as a needs-responsive range of naval vessels with real operational value."
     
Eighteen months after construction began, the Gowind offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit, an innovative maritime safety and security platform, has left DCNS's Lorient shipyard, where it was built, on a course for France's Toulon naval base, its home port. Built under a DCNS-funded programme, L'Adroit incorporates a number of major innovations. DCNS has made the vessel available to the French Navy for three years, and over the next few months it will have a chance to demonstrate its exceptional operational qualities on French Navy missions.
L'Adroit Offshore Patrol Vessel
(picture: DCNS)
     

(video: DCNS)

     
Over the next three years, the French Navy will thoroughly test the vessel, designed for current and emerging maritime safety & security missions, including fisheries surveillance, drug interdiction, environmental protection, humanitarian support and search & rescue at sea.

With two crews rotating every four months, L'Adroit will offer a high level of at-sea availability, spending 220 days a year on operational missions.

The Gowind OPV L'Adroit has a length of 87 metres, an at-sea endurance of more than 3 weeks and a range of 8,000 nautical miles. With a top speed of 21 knots, the vessel has a helicopter flight deck and can accommodate UAV operations. It is designed for reduced crewing, with a complement of 30 and space for 30 passengers.

Innovations and capabilities of special interest to ship-based naval, commando and coast guard forces include a panoramic bridge offering 360° visibility, a single enclosed mast offering 360° sensor visibility, covert deployment of fast commando boats in less than five minutes and full provision for unmanned aerial and surface vehicles (UAVs and USVs).

The Gowind family also benefits from DCNS's extensive experience in command information systems. These vessels can be readily tailored for extended area surveillance and, when working in conjunction with shore-based control centres and other networked ships, for the automatic detection of suspicious behaviour by ships and other craft.