French frigate FS Aquitaine berthed at Fairlie Quay on the west coast of Scotland today.
The visit, described as routine, isn’t the first time the vessel has visited Scotland. She has previously sailed up the Clyde into Glasgow.
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Aquitaine is the lead ship of her class of frigates, which in turn were developed by the FREMM multipurpose frigate programme.
Recently, nuclear submarines from France and the U.S. were recently berthed in HMNB Clyde at Faslane near Glasgow in Scotland.
The American submarine was of the Virginia class and the French submarine was of the Rubis class.
and here's the American boat. https://t.co/oVQxqxGFG6
— George Allison (@geoallison) April 28, 2022
The Rubis Class
The French Navy operates six Rubis Amethyste class attack submarines from the naval base in Toulon. The submarines, built at the Cherbourg Naval Dockyard of DCN, are the Rubis S601 commissioned in 1983, Saphir S602 (1984), Casabianca S603 (1987), Emeraude S604 (1988), Amethyste S605 (1992) and Perle S606 (1993).
The first Rubis hull was laid down in December 1976 and launched in 1979.