French Navy’s OPV Visits Cape Town, South Africa

French Navy’s offshore patrol vessel L’Adroit (P725) moored in Cape Town, South Africa, for a port call on Monday, 11 May.

OPV L’Adroit came alongside after being at sea for three months, and stayed in town until yesterday, May 17, when it continued its deployment.

The vessel was commissioned on 19 March, and handed over to the French Navy on 21 October 2011 for a three-year trial period, during which she carried out a wide variety of naval missions such as fisheries inspections and protection, anti-drugs operations, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, and search and rescue at sea.

L’Adroit is designed to remain at sea for extended periods – up to 220 days per year.

This is her second visit to South Africa. The first time she visited was on 3 September 2012.

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Image: SA Navy