No, crews A and B are "dedicated" to one ship...will the crews be swapped also between ships? if not, the French Navy is going to need many more sailors for FREMMs well up to two times more than now
Interview with Vice Admiral Jean-Phillipe Rolland, Surface Fleet Commander (ALFAN) of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) about the shift to dual crews for the FREMM frigates.
The French Navy is experimenting with dual crews with two FREMM Frigates: Aquitaine in Brest (Atlantic fleet) and Languedoc in Toulon (Mediterranean fleet).
Crew A and crew B (each consisting of 109 sailors) will alternate every 4 months, allowing sailors to retain and develop their skills on a professional level while being able to have more freedom (in terms of schedule) on a personal level. The shift to a dual crew concept will also increase the operational availability of the Aquitaine-class: They are expected to be able to spend 50% more days at sea (FREMM frigate typically spent 110 days at sea before the adoption of the dual crew concept). Another expected benefit is that the crews will be more rested, therefore more operationally efficient when going back to sea (and less prone to committing mistakes in their tasks).
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) named the three (out of five) La Fayette-class frigates selected to receive a mid-life update: The three frigates retained for the comprehensive upgrade are: La Fayette, Courbet and Aconit.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) is set to study the integration of the MMP anti-tank missile aboard its surface combatants, Naval News learned during DSEI 2019, the defence exhibition held in London last week.
The French Navy aims at improving the close range protection of its main surface combatants (known as first rank frigates in the French Navy: The Horizon air defense destroyers, the FREMM frigates and, down the road, the FDI frigate).
Combined teams of DGA, the French Navy (Marine Nationale), Thales and Naval Group started putting the new SEA FIRE radar through its pace at the Shore Integration Facility (SIF) located in Southern France, near Toulon.
Source : Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Oct 3, 2019France is to order the Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye carrier-borne airborne early warning aircraft as part of an upgrade to the country’s naval air arm. Paris plans to buy three of the platforms to replace its existing three E-2Cs, which regularly embark on the country’s nuclear-powered carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. The upgrade was announced as part of wider spending plans that include an uptick in the country’s defense spending announced by Defense Minister Florence.