Naval News provides additional information on the “Patrouilleurs Océanique” (PO) program to build ten offshore patrol vessels for one billion Euros. We discussed this program earlier and it looks very much like a Coast Guard cutter, maybe even a candidate for Cutter X.
The things that might be seen as unique or unexpected:
- hull mounted sonar
- 40 mm
- Modular capacity in the form of space for a standard container sized system–this might include a towed array
- Retention room–presumably a holding cell that might be used for alien migrant interdiction
Deliveries are expected 2025-2029.