17 May '11, 11am

French warship makes waves at IMDEX Asia

French warship makes waves at IMDEX Asia

SINGAPORE : The International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference or IMDEX Asia takes place in Singapore from May 18-20. And some 20 warships from all over the world will be present. Channel NewsAsia checks out one of the main highlights - a warship from France that seems to be towering above the rest. At 200 metres long, the FNS Mistral is one ship the French are very proud of. Having some of the most high tech capabilities when it comes to naval defence, it uses only some 170 staff. Usually a ship of this size would employ 400 to 500 crew members. The ship is named after a strong wind usually found in the South of France. And the 11-storey ship is so huge that it can even house a mini hospital. "We have 1,000 square metres dedicated to the hospital which carries two surgical blocks, 70 medical beds. We can carry numerous teams of surgeons and doctors and be used i...

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