The French Navy (Marine Nationale) has 27 NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) on order from NH Industries, of which 23 units were already delivered in December 2019.
According to Airbus Helicopters, the NH90 in its NFH version is a ship-based compact maritime helicopter, one of the primary maritime weapon systems for any surface fleet. Operating from shore or warships up to sea state 6, the helicopter is tailored for full capability in both anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface unit (ASuW) warfare. Search and rescue operations can be performed in either of these configurations. Complementary roles include maritime surveillance and control, airborne warning control, logistic transport and utility support, vertical replenishment (VERTREP), casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and special operations – including counter terrorism and anti-piracy.
Video recorded in September 2019, at Hyères Naval Air Base.