French frigate Floréal (F730)

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Frigate Floréal
Floréal in Bora-Bora
Career (France)
Name: Floréal
Namesake: Month of Floréal
Ordered: 1989
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Laid down: 2 April 1990
Launched: 6 October 1990
Commissioned: 27 May 1992
Homeport: Port des Galets, La Réunion
General characteristics
Class & type: Floréal-class frigate
Displacement: 2600 tonnes (2950 tonnes full load)
Length: 93.50 m (306.8 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draught: 4.40 m (14.4 ft)
Installed power: 4 × SEMT Pielstick 6PA6 L280 (6,470 kW (8,680 hp))
Propulsion: Two shafts; Lips controllable pitch propellers
Ulstein bow thruster (200 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
13,000 nautical miles (24,000 km; 15,000 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:

ETN 90 (Embarcation de Transport en Nombre)
Zodiac Hurricane 530 OB with two Yamaha 2T 140 CV VETOL engines

One 10-seat zodiac
Complement:

11 officers
36 non-commissioned officers
42 men

(11 men for the helicopter)
Sensors and
processing systems:

Radar:

  • DRBV-21C (Mars) air sentry radar
  • Racal Decca RM1290 navigation radar
  • Racal Decca RM1290 landing radar

Navigation

  • Microcin type intertial navigation system
  • Ben LMN4 loch
  • Furuno depth measure system
  • Navstar GPS system
  • Taiyo gonio VHF radio
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

ARBG-1A Saïgon

2 Dagaie decoy systems
Armament:

2 Exocet MM38 missiles
1 × 100 mm CADAM turret with Najir fire control system

2 × 20 mm modèle F2 guns
Aircraft carried: 1 Panther helicopter

The Floréal is a small monitoring frigate ("frégate de surveillance") of the French Marine Nationale. She is the lead ship of her class, and the first French vessel named after the 8th month of the Republican Calendar.

In 1993, she took part in United Nations Operation in Somalia II to protect Blue Helmets. In 1995, she took part in the capture of Bob Denard in the Comoros. She also took part in the Action of 9 April 2009.

Her usual mission is monitoring of the Exclusive Economic Zone in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.