NavyRecognition has information on a new class of vessels the French Navy is building,
“…According to the French Procurement Agency (DGA), these vessels:
– have the ability to project 20 personnel (joint, police or gendarmerie) with two 4×4 vehicles along with their weapons and ammunition.
– will ensure the evacuation of citizens and have the ability to deploy and support divers and equipment (including drones) to conduct underwater interventions.
– Under the state action at sea, they will provide fisheries police missions, and contribute to the fight against illegal immigration, drug trafficking and piracy.”
– They will assist ships in distress and participate in safeguarding people and property, through their firefighting means and towing capacity of up to 30 tons
They are planning three with an option for a forth. The French have the second largest EEZ in the World, only slightly smaller than that of the US, and in many places it is based around small isolated islands.
These vessels, which appear to be based on Offshore Petroleum Industry Support ship designs, will likely replace existing fishery protection vessels that are themselves former trawlers and hydrographic survey ships. They will also likely be tasked with a variety of Coast Guard like missions including disaster response.