L’Adroit (P725) is a Gowind-class patrol vessel specially designed by Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS) for the maritime safety and security (MSS) missions. It has a wide range of capabilities deployed through prevention and action assets optimized for maritime surveillance and policing duties, including fast commando boats, assault or transport helicopter, unmanned surveillance vehicles, electronic warfare intercept systems, shell doors, secure high-bitrate communication facilities and command aids.
L’Adroit was designed by DCNS under a self-funded programme. The design includes a semi-planing steel monohull. The OPV was constructed between May 2010 and June 2011 at Toulon naval base in France. Placed at the disposal of the French Navy by DCNS for a period of three years, L’Adroit sailed from its home base on France’s Mediterranean coast in May 2012 to conduct its first fishery policing and maritime security mission, including deployment for operation Thon Rouge, monitoring fishing vessels with red tuna quotas for 2012.The hull was assembled at the Lorient shipyard of DCNS.
The 360° panoramic bridge and the integrated mast give L’Adroit’s crew reliable information acquisition resources. The minimal superstructure of the ship leaves a substantial space available for air operations (helicopters, UAVs) and for launch and recovery of surface assets (RHIBs or USVs). L’Adroit’s missions are managed by the POLARIS® combat system, which supplies essential detailed information on the ship’s environment, acquired by various detectors, deployed sensors and other ships integrated into the surveillance network. The mission system can also include MATRICS®, a maritime surveillance system capable of detecting suspicious course profiles automatically.