On 18th April 2015, The Hermione left the Rochefort marina located near Soubise on the Charente river, to the US.
Our sailors could observe the frigate from Port Adhoc Soubise and St-Nazaire-sur-Charente marina.
The Hermione frigate was built in Rochefort in 1780, 235 years ago. Thanks to this boat, the Marquis de La Fayette reached the US to offer his support to the general Washington and american people fighting for their independence.
Since July 1997, the Hermione-La Fayette association has challenged itself to renovate the frigate symbol of freedom. This refit had been done in Rochefort, near La Rochelle marina.
The dockyard of Rochefort was established by Colbert in the 17th century, in order to built a navy fleet able to resist to enemies.