Cape Town welcomes French Naval Ship FNS NIVôSE
to its port
Article and photos by AB S.C. Prins
Naval vessel FNS NIVôSE arrived at V&A Waterfront Cape
Town on 24 January 2018 for a port call.
This was an
informal visit from the French Navy with the main
objective to maintain the SA Navy’s international
relationship with France and to enhance the existing
relationship between the two countries.
FNS Nivôse is
a light surveillance frigate of the “French Marine
Nationale”. She is the third ship of the Floreal class,
and the fourth French vessel named after the fourth
month of the Republican Calendar.
ship was alongside, the Defence Attaché of France in
South Africa, Captain Arnaut Lacote and the Officer
Commanding of the ship, Commander Pierre Lucas paid a
courtesy call to Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral B.K.
Mhlana and Flag Officer Commanding Rear Admiral J.T.
Dlamini at Fleet Command Headquarters Simon’s Town.
The SA Navy
also hosted a friendly soccer match against the ship’s
company at Youngsfield. The SA Navy dominated the match
and won 3-0.