Commissionned in 1997, Côtes de la Manche undertakes scientific research missions mainly in the Channel and the Atlantic.
She has a range of ten days and up to 200 nautical miles from a safe haven.
This coastal vessel is fitted with instruments to satisfy the needs of researchers in the following fields:
- Marine geosciences
- Physical and biological oceanography
- Ocean chemistry
She also contributes to long-term observations of the marine environment, as well as research and trial missions in various fields of marine technology.
The ship can also undertake educational missions for university graduates and postgraduates.