The L'Adroit is an offshore / deep water patrol vessel currently leased to the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) for the French Navy by prominent shipbuilder DCNS (founded in 1631) for the period of three years (2012-2015). The boat forms part of the four-strong Gowind-class of surface corvettes with a multi-role design nature. This group of boats can be outfitted with varying armament arrangements and can fully support light- and medium-class helicopters as well as UAVs of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing design. Due to its flexible design, the L'Adroit can be called upon to fulfill various mission roles including that of anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, special forces insertion extraction, amphibious assault support, anti-piracy and search and rescue. The vessel is fully modern and outfitted with the latest in tracking, engagement and protected communications equipment. Its outward design form also provides for the smallest possible radar signature. The L'Adroit was first delivered to the French Navy in October of 2011.
The L'Adroit began as a private venture by DCNS to build a corvette style boat for possible use by the French Navy. The vessel was given a displacement of 1,450 tons under full load and crewed by up to 30 personnel. Additionally, the interior can support up to 29 combat-ready marines or special forces operatives. The craft features a running length of 285.4 feet with a beam of 36 feet and draft of 10.8 feet. Propulsion is supplied via 2 x Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) V12 diesel-fueled engines in a CODAD (COmbined Diesel And Diesel) arrangement. Water-jets are also installed for precise maneuvering under low power and in shallow waters. The CODAD arrangement utilizes twin diesel engines to drive a single shaft. The engines feed direction into independent clutches which then combine at a gear box prior to reaching the propeller shaft. In this fashion, either or both engines can be used to drive/power the boat - allowing for full power/speed to be reached or more economical travel on a single engine. The water jets also assist during high-speed travel.
The L'Adroit showcases a top straightline speed of 21 knots with a range out to 9,200 miles (8,000 nautical miles) when heading at 12 knots.
The L'Adroit comes complete with recreational spaces below deck as well as sanitation and sleeping berths. A full-service sick bay provides health services for the crew. The engine room is located below and aft of the hull superstructure and ahead of the stern flight deck. A hangar under the superstructure allows small rotorcraft to be stowed. Special forces facilities are under the flight deck along the stern hull face. The L'Adroit holds enough resources to remain at sea for up to 30 days.