FRENCH FRIGATE "PRAIRIAL" IN SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 23-29
French frigate « PRAIRIAL » has arrived at San Francisco Harbor on October 23, 2008 where she will berth at Pier 27, until October 29.
She will be open to public, Pier 27, on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th, from 09:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
’’Floréal’’ class surveillance frigates like "Le Prairial" are ocean capable vessels. Their main duty is to patrol overseas maritime zones over which France implements its sovereignty. In peace time, they enforce navigational police, control fishery and protect trade traffic.
By the way, surveillance frigates often conduct representation tasks in far countries. They may be involved in humanitarian operations (evacuation of citizens and refugees, support and protection of an amphibious operation). Thus, in 1999, the ’’Prairial’’ was integrated in a naval task force in East-Timor.
The onboard helicopter Alouette III, which extends her investigation range is one of the main assets of the ship. She also has weapon system enabling her to destroy surface and air target and oppose different kinds of conventional threat.
Le PRAIRIAL is commanded by French Navy Captain Luc Pagès.