French ship Foudre (L9011)

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Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Foudre
Namesake: Lightning
Builder: DCN, Brest
Laid down: 26 March 1986
Launched: 19 November 1988
In service: 7 December 1990
Homeport: Toulon
Fate: Transferred to the Chilean Navy in December 2011
Career (Chile)
Name: Sargento Aldea
Acquired: 23 December 2011
Homeport: Valparaiso
Identification: LSDH-91
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Class & type: Foudre-class landing platform dock

11,300 tonnes (standard)

12,000 tonnes (full load)
Length: 168 m (551 ft)
Beam: 23.5 m (77 ft)
Draught: 5.2 m (17 ft)
Installed power: 20,800 hp (15,290 kW)

Engines: 2 SEMT Pielstick 16 PC 2.5 V400 diesels
Propellers: 2 adjustable-blade propellers and one beam propeller
Auxiliaries: 1 beam propeller (1,000 hp)
Electrical plant:5 SACM-Unidiesel diesels alternators

Electrical power: 4,250 kW (5 × 850 kW)
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Range: 20,300 km at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
8 landing crafts
Capacity: 150-man command headquarters
Troops: 450 (900 for a short cruise)

20 officers
80 petty officers

60 Quarter-masters

3 Simbad systems
3 30 mm Breda-Mauser guns

4 12.7 mm M2-HB Browing machine guns
Aircraft carried: 4 helicopters
Aviation facilities: Hangar

The Foudre (L 9011) was an amphibious assault ship of the French Navy, the twelfth vessel to bear the name, and lead ship of the Foudre-class landing platform docks. She presently serves in the Chilean Navy under then name Sargento Aldea.

She served during the war in Yugoslavia, and has been the central element of Operation Licorne in Côte d'Ivoire.

On 17 January 2009, one of the Foudre's helicopters crashed off the coast of Gabon, killing eight French military personnel.

In October 2011 it was announced that Chile and France had finalized negotiations for sale of Foudre to Chile for around USD80 million.[1] She was transferred to Chile on 23 December 2011 and renamed Sargento Aldea.[2]


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