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      French Navy missile range ship to port in Charleston

      The French Navy Advanced Range Instrumentation Ship, "Monge," will make a port call at the Columbus Street terminal, at the Port of Charleston, on April 16 at 2 p.m. and will leave April 19 at 6 a.m.

      The FS "Monge" is the second largest ship of the French Navy with 200 people on board.

      Her main mission is flight tests for the French deterrent force strategic missiles. The ship also offers a support for the flights involving tactical conventional missiles, space launches and space surveillance.

      The ship bears the name of the scientist, mathematician, and Minister for the Navy, Gaspard Monge (1746 to 1818).

      During the port call, Commander Jacques RiviÃre will meet with elected officials, including Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley, and organize a reception on the ship's deck with Charleston's French community and local authorities.

      The crew will also visit the City of Charleston, the Hunley Submarine Conservation Project, and play against a local Rugby team.

      Finally, the crew will welcome several local schools interested in touring FS "Monge."