On 12 July 2006, the second of France's Forbin-class guided-missile destroyers, Chevalier Paul (named for the naval hero better known in the United States as John Paul Jones), was launched at DCN's Lorient shipyard. The destroyer, shown here under construction, is expected to enter service in December 2008. Older sister and namesake of the class, the Forbin, is expected to commission in January of the same year. In addition to the two built in France, Italy is constructing two similar warships, the Andrea Doria and Caio Duilio. The international program for these warships began in 1991 with the support of Italy, France, and the United Kingdom. Dubbed the Horizon project, the United Kingdom withdrew from the program in 1999, favoring to build its own Daring-class destroyers, while Italy and France brought the Horizon project to fruition.
By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>