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      French tracking ship to visit the Holy City

      Le Monge (Courtesy: Consulate General of France)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- You may hear the 'Language of Love' spoken on the streets of Charleston as a French tracking ship makes a port call to the Holy City.

      The French Navy Advanced Range Instrumentation Ship "Monge" will pull in to the Columbus Street terminal at the Port of Charleston April 16 and will stay until April 19.{}

      "Operational since 1992, FS 'Monge' is the second largest ship of the French Navy with 200 militaries and civilians alike onboard," a release from the Press Attach of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta. "Her main mission is flight tests for the French deterrent force strategic missiles. She 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)."

      While in town, Commander Jacques Rivire will meet with city 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 tour the city, the Hunley Submarine and play against a local Rugby team.

      The French sailors will be playing against members{}of the Citadel's rugby team around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cario Field in Park West.

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