F.S. Floreal stamp from French Southern and Antarctic Lands
TAAF Poste issued a stamp featuring the Floreal frigate. The Floreal is a small monitoring frigate of the French Marine Nationale. It is the lead ship of its class, and the first French vessel named after the 8th month of the Republican Calendar.
In 1993, Floreal took part in United Nations Operation in Somalia II to protect Blue Helmets. In 1995, it took part in the capture of Bob Denard in the Comoros. It also took part in the Action of 9 April 2009.
The frigate's usual mission is monitoring of the Exclusive Economic Zone in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.