It was in September 2014, marking the occasion of the Hermione’s first outing in the Atlantic Ocrean, that the Hermione’s contruction officially ended.
The frigate’s first crew then got ready to take over from the multiple carpenters, riggers, sculptors and blacksmiths to take the ship on the next’s major stage of its life – its voyages.
Some people may remember that its exit was thwarted by the ship caisson, but we personally mainly remembered the extremely exuberant crowd who cheered the frigate all the way along the Charente. Thousands of people came to greet “their Hermione”!
These sea trials included a public stopover in Bordeaux and numerous engine and electronic tests, and very importantly, lots of sailing manoeuvres in all weathers.
Although thwarted by an engine failure at the very beginning of the campaign, the sea trials revealed the Hermione’s extraordinary seaworthiness. As the Marquis de La Fayette noted at the time: “She flies like a bird.”