Port Call to Incheon by French Navy Frigate VENDEMIAIRE - 29 February – 4 March 2012
French frigate VENDEMIAIRE’s visit to Incheon was the first port call of a French Navy vessel in two years to South Korea. It was an opportunity to re-affirm the friendship between France and Korea and the co-operation between the armed forces and the navies of our two countries.
During the VENDEMIAIRE’s stay in Incheon, crew members had join activities with the Korean Navy, visited the DMZ and discover Korea.
On 23 January 2012, VENDEMIAIRE left her home port of Nouméa, in French New Caledonia, for a 115-day Asia mission. After the Salomon islands, Palau, The Philippines and Japan, and before China (Qingdao, Hong Kong), Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand, the frigate reached South-Korea by the end of the month. She is to stop in Timor- Leste and Papua-New Guinea on her way back to Nouméa.
The ship characteristics are as follows:
Length: 93.50 m
Beam: 14 m
Draught: 4,40 m
Head room: 33,40 m
Displacement: 2 900 t. (full cargo)
Maximum speed: 20 Kt
Range: 50 days - 10 000 NM at 15 Kt
Vendémiaire is the fifth unit of a series of six surveillance frigates of the French navy.
French overseas frigates have been designed to carry out surveillance and humanitarian missions far away from mainland. Their other goals in peace time are: surveillance of overseas areas under French sovereignty (EEZ surveillance, fisheries protection, anti-smuggling); maritime domain awareness and police patrol (anti-pollution, SAR, medical and logistic assistance); fostering maritime cooperation with our allies in the area; humanitarian action.