On 16 November 2017, the Ambassador of France hosted at the French residence part of the crew of the light stealth frigate "Aconit", calling in Cyprus. Some sixty members of the crew had the opportunity to meet the French community in Cyprus.
The evening was particularly successful and appreciated by both our sailors and the French people living in Cyprus, as reflected in the discussions that took place during the reception.
Currently on patrol in the Eastern Mediterranean, the frigate "Aconite" makes a new call on the island. These calls enable the revival of the French-Cypriot cooperation thanks to numerous exercises conducted with the Larnaca Joint Rescue Coordination Center (J.R.C.C) and the Cyprus Navy.
The frigate "Aconite" inherits its name from one of the nine corvettes of the Free French Naval Forces (FNFL) commanded by the British Admiralty during World War II, named after flowers ("Aconite" is a poisonous plant from the mountainous regions of Europe and Central Asia).
The corvette "Aconite" has distinguished itself in protecting convoys in the North Atlantic. In March 1943, it destroyed two enemy submarines in a single day. It was awarded the Croix de la Liberation and the Croix de la Guerre, and was cited under an order of the Free French Naval Forces. General De Gaulle then declared that there will always be a battleship in the French Navy called "Aconite".