French frigate Guépratte (F 714)

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Career (France)
Name: Guépratte
Namesake: Admiral Émile Paul Amable Guépratte
Laid down: 1 October 1998
Launched: 3 March 1999
Commissioned: 27 October 2001
Homeport: Toulon
Fate: In active service
General characteristics
Class & type: La Fayette-class frigate
Displacement: 3200 tonnes, 3600 tonnes fully loaded
Length: 125 m (410 ft)
Beam: 15.4 m (51 ft)
Draught: 4.8 m (16 ft)
Propulsion: 4 diesel SEMT Pielstick 12PA6V280 STC2, 21000 hp (15 400 kW)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h), 9000 at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement:

12 officers
68 non-commissioned officers

61 men
Sensors and
processing systems:

1 × Air/Surface DRBV 15C sentry radar
1 × firing control radar for the 100 mm gun
1 × DRBN34 navigation radar

1 × DRBN34 landing radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

1 × Saïgon ARBG 1 radio interceptor
1 × ARBR 21 radar interceptor
2 × Dagaie Mk2 chaff launcher
1 × AN/SLQ-25 Nixie tugged noise maker
1 × Prairie-Masker noise reduction system
1 × Syracuse II

1 × Inmarsat
Armament:

(Provision for future 16 × Aster 15 missiles in VLS)

Anti-ship;

  • 8 × Exocet MM40 block II anti-ship missiles

Guns;

CIWS;

  • 1 × Crotale CN2 launcher (8 missiles on the launcher with 16 reload)
Armour: On sensitive areas (munition magazine and control centre)
Aircraft carried: 1 × helicopter (Panther or NH90)

The Guépratte is a second-line multi-mission stealth frigate of the French Marine Nationale. She is the second French vessel named after the 19-20th century admiral Émile Paul Amable Guépratte.

She is the only frigate of the La Fayette class whose complement includes women, with 25 female crewmen on board.

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