Cape Town welcomes French Naval Ship FNS NIVôSE to its port

Article and photos by AB S.C. Prins

24 January 2018

The French Naval vessel FNS NIVôSE arrived at V&A Waterfront Cape Town on 24 January 2018 for a port call.

This was an informal visit from the French Navy with the main objective to maintain the SA Navy’s international relationship with France and to enhance the existing relationship between the two countries.


FNS Nivôse is a light surveillance frigate of the “French Marine Nationale”. She is the third ship of the Floreal class, and the fourth French vessel named after the fourth month of the Republican Calendar.

Executive Officer Lieutenant F. Chapius standing next to FNS NIVôSE alongside Jetty 2 at V&A Waterfront

French Delegates at Fleet Command Headquarters with the Liaison Officer Lt (SAN) R. Goosen

25 January 2018

While the ship was alongside, the Defence Attaché of France in South Africa, Captain Arnaut Lacote and the Officer Commanding of the ship, Commander Pierre Lucas paid a courtesy call to Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral B.K. Mhlana and Flag Officer Commanding Rear Admiral J.T. Dlamini at Fleet Command Headquarters Simon’s Town.

OC of FNS NIVôSE handing over a Ship’s Crest to Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral B.K. Mhlana

Flag Officer Fleet, B.K. Mhlana with the French Delegates and the South African Liaison Officer


Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral (JG) J.T. Dlamini explaining the Naval Base Simon’s Town Ship’s Crest to Cdr Pierre Lucas

Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral (JG) J.T. Dlamini with the French delegates

The SA Navy also hosted a friendly soccer match against the ship’s company at Youngsfield. The SA Navy dominated the match and won 3-0.


Sub Lieutenant S. Nteto putting pressure on the French Defenders and their goalkeeper

Leading Seaman E. Poshodi secured the win for the SA Navy with his brilliant goal