The frigate was floated out on 18 September 2013. Its preliminary trials, set to be conducted off Brittany over the course of about 10 days, are mainly intended to test the performance of the vessel's boosted electrical system technology (BEST) cross-connected hybrid propulsion architecture, its Shipmaster ship management system, and other basic systems.
On completing these preliminary trials, Provence will return to DCNS's Lorient shipyard for several weeks of quayside work.
By early 2015 the frigate will be put to sea for a second series of trials to test the integrated combat system.
The French Navy's third FREMM frigate Provence (D 652) floated out on 18 September 2013 and will begin initial sea trials on 29 September 2014.