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French Frigate Vendémiaire Visits U.S. Naval Base Guam

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071012-07
Release Date: 10/12/2007 9:47:00 AM

By Oyaol Ngirairikl, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- French Frigate Vendémiaire (F734) made its way into Apra Harbor on U.S. Naval Base Guam, Oct. 1, to take on fuel and supplies before continuing its tour of Asia.

Cmdr. Thierry Arnoult, commanding officer of the Vendémiaire, said his sailors appreciate their visits to Guam, which occur about once a year.

“We were on our way to Japan, China and Russia, countries we visit on a regular basis, and we had an opportunity to come to Guam, refuel, get some spare parts and some food and go back out to the rest of the tour,” Arnoult said.

Frigate Vendémiaire was built in Saint-Nazaire shipyards in France in 1993, now homeported in Noumea, New Caledonia. Vendémiaire is a light monitoring frigate of the French Navy and is also the fifth ship of her class.

The ship is used for various duties, including humanitarian aid, diplomacy, or naval law enforcement.

While on Guam, Vendémiaire’s sailors enjoyed a soccer game with Sailors from U.S. Naval Base Guam.

Arnoult said participating in activities helps strengthen partnership between the ship and the base.

“I think this will be the first step to meet each other and share more things,” Arnoult said.

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