This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
After several months in Lorient, temporary posted on an aviso-escorteur, mostly during a major repair period, I arrived in Brest in September 1976. I was the "officier calcul" (computer officer) of a new anti-submarine warfare ship, first of its class, the Corvette Georges Leygues.
The Corvette "Georges Leygues"
The Georges Leygues had been in construction since September 1974 in a dry dock in the arsenal of Brest.
In September 1976, she was still in the dry dock.
Georges Leygues in dry dock
The first time the Georges Leygues was floating on the sea was December 17th 1976. But the ship was only transfered from the arsenal to the Navy in June 1977, when the Capitaine de Vaisseau (Captain Navy) Hugon took command of the ship in a traditional ceremony called in French "prise de commandement" (assumption of command ceremony?).
Capitaine de Vaisseau Hugon and Admiral de Gaulle
Admiral Philippe de Gaulle who officially designated CV Hugon during the ceremony is the son of Charles de Gaulle, who has been president of the French Republic. Philippe de Gaulle is 96 years old today.
In 1976, Admiral de Gaulle was the president of the "Commission Permanente des Essais" (Permanent Commissions of Sea Trials) that was managing our sea trials in 1977-1979.
We will see again Admiral de Gaulle later during the "Traversée de Longue Duree" (long duration cruise) of the Georges Leygues in 1979.
The first trials at sea of the Georges Leygues did not start before February 1978.
In the next episode, we will see what was my job as the computer officer of a new ship with a new computer system, the SENIT 4.
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