French Navy Erases Pennant Numbers
France is aiming to anonymise its naval vessels. According to the local media, French Navy continues these efforts by Landing Helicopter Dock (LPD) platforms after FREMM frigates, also known as the Aquitaine class in Marine Nationale. The country started experimenting with FS Alsace (D 656) and FS Provence (D 652). Hull markings of Mistral-class vessels will disappear.French Government and military would like to anonymise its fleet to make identifying surface ships more difficult. Intelligence concerns are the primary reason for the attempt. On the other hand, an experiment can also be evaluated as war preparation.