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  • Ares Boards the FREMM Aquitaine
    Posted by Christina Mackenzie 8:43 AM on Mar 28, 2012

    The first of class of the French Navy's FREMMs, the Aquitaine, is currently undergoing the third of its four sea-trial missions, this one to check the combat management system. Despite the large numbers of people aboard (DCNS engineers and the French naval personnel actually sailing the ship), a small handful of journalists was able to squeeze aboard earlier this week and photograph almost everything.

    We approached the Aquitaine by sea and chugged around her full circle:

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    The bow

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    The starboard side

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    One of the few places aboard the ship where you can actually feel the sea-spray and sniff the salt (and, for those who need to, smoke!).

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    Approaching the stern

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    Full aft

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    And around to port

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    Inside the combat management center

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    The navigation bridge

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    In the heart of the bow

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    The alleyway on the main deck runs clear almost from one end of the ship to the other.

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    The helicopter pad seen from the flight control post

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    The helicopter hangar

    I'll show you the living quarters in another post.

    All photos copyright: Christina Mackenzie

    Tags: ar99, France, DCNS

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