Sunday 9th November saw the arrival in London of the French Navy patrol vessel Pluvier – one of three Flamant class Offshore Patrol Vessels that perform a similar function to the Royal Navy’s own River class OPV such as HMS Severn that is also currently visiting London.
The reason for today’s visit is to enable the crew to take part in Remembrance Day events and it has become something of a fixture over the last four years that the French Navy has been represented.
Equally it has also become a regular event that a French naval vessel has visited London during June to commemorate the WW2 speech by General de Gaulle.
In addition to these two special occasions the French Navy have been regular visitors to London, especially since the signing of a new Anglo-French defence agreement a few years ago.
We have been fortunate to have a wide variety of vessels visit from Destroyers to Minesweepers and Patrol Boats to Training Ships – indeed, back in 2013 all eight Training Ships of the Leopard class paid a visit to London.
Hopefully the regular visits of the French Navy to London continue for many years to come.
Pictures of other French Navy ships can be seen here.