The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau is glad to announce that the French Navy Ship Vendémiaire, in port call in Hong Kong from 14th to 19th March 2012, will organize an Open day to enable the public to visit the frigate on Sunday , 18th March from 14:00 to 17:00.
FS Vendémiaire will be at China Merchants Wharf, Kennedy Town.
For security reasons:
The ship’s crew will control the flow of visitors.
If there are too many visitors, FS Vendémiaire can’t guarantee that all the persons will be able to visit the frigate.
Only children in 8 years old or above will be accepted to the visit.
Let’s discover the « Vendémiaire »...
Frigate Vendémiaire was the fifth of a series of 6 ships built in Saint-Nazaire shipyard in 1993 by « chantiers de l’Atlantique ». Its home port is Nouméa in New Caledonia.
Its name refers to the month of grape harvest in the calendar of the eighteen century French revolution (22nd of september to 21st of october). Frigate Vendémiaire is the second French vessel that has been called by this name after a submarine of the “pluviose” series (1905).
French overseas frigates have been designed to carry out surveillance missions as well as humanitarian action and enforce French interests far away from mainland.
They also have other goals in peace time :
Surveillance of overseas areas under French sovereignity (EEZ surveillance, fisheries protection, anti-smuggling)
Maritime domain awareness and police patrol (anti-pollution, SAR, medical and logistic assistance)
Fostering maritime cooperation with our allies in the area