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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:The bowThe starboard sideOne 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!).Approaching the sternFull aftAnd around to portInside the combat management centerThe navigation bridgeIn the heart of the bowThe alleyway on the main deck runs clear almost from one end of the ship to the other.The helicopter pad seen from the flight control postThe helicopter hangarI'll show you the living quarters in another post.All photos copyright: Christina Mackenzie
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