French frigate in Manila for 4-day goodwill visit
The FNS Vendemiare (F-734), a Floréal-class light surveillance frigate of the French Marine Nationale, docked at Manila South Harbor on Monday for a four-day goodwill visit.
Capt. Lued Lincuna, Philippine Navy spokesperson, said the ship was given the usual meeting point procedure off Corregidor Island and was escorted by a Filipino naval unit to her berthing area.
The French naval personnel was given a port briefing related to security, intelligence, and health aboard the FNS Vendemiare.
FNS Vendemiare has a standard displacement of 2,600 tons and weighs 2,950 tons when fully loaded. It has a length of 93.5 meters (around 307 feet) and a beam of 14 meters (46 feet).
The French frigate has a maximum speed of 20 knots and range of 10 nautical miles (19,000 km). She is armed with anti-ship, anti-air missiles, and guns and equipped with an anti-submarine helicopter.
Lincuna said that confidence-building engagements between PN and French Navy personnel such as shipboard tour, reciprocal receptions, and friendly games would be conducted during the visit which is expected to strengthen further Philippines-France ties which also benefits both armed forces.
“The reception bestowed by PN is a manifestation of a sustained promotion of peace and stability and enhancement of maritime cooperation through naval diplomacy and camaraderie,” Lincuna said.
Rear Admiral Denis Bertrand, the Joint Commander of the Armed Forces in French Polynesia, along with Blonce and French non-resident Defense Attaché to the Philippines Col. Jean-Francois Schoonmann, was scheduled to have a courtesy call on PN flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad at the Navy headquarters in Roxas Boulevard, Manila during the visit.# With a report from the Philippine News Agency