Saturday, May 21, 2011

DCNS floats out first Gowind-class OPV

LORIENT (BNS): French Navy's first Gowind-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) has been floated out by DCNS. 

The new ship, named L’Adroit, was launched on Wednesday just one year after construction work began on it. 

From ‘first cut’ on 7 May 2010 to float-out on 18 May 2011 took just 12 months, DCNS said.

“The floating of Gowind-type OPV L’Adroit demonstrates DCNS’s ability to design and build a highly innovative ship on time – in this case less than 20 months – and on budget,” said Marc Maynard, the Group’s Gowind OPV programme manager. 


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