Floréal class frigate
The Vendémiaire is a light
monitoring frigate of the French Marine Nationale.
She is the fifth ship of the Floréal class ship
which is small, extremely stable to allow use of a
heavy helicopter in all weather. This ship
class has small crew but has the capacities to
accommodate navy commandos, light armament, economic
and long-range propulsion system.
Vendémiaire was deployed to
East Timor as part of the Australian-led INTERFET
peacekeeping taskforce from 20 September to 17
November 1999. The ship went on a tour
of Chinese ports in 2011, stopping at Canton, Chiang
Tao, Hong Kong and Shanghai. It was opened to
the public 17-4-11 in Hong Kong.