French frigate Jean Bart (D615)

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French frigate Jean Bart (D615) in April 2014.JPG
Jean Bart in April 2014
Career (France)
Name: Jean Bart
Namesake: Jean Bart
Builder: DCNS S.A.
Laid down: 12 February 1986
Launched: 19 March 1988
Commissioned: 21 September 1991
Identification: D 615
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Cassard-class frigate
Displacement: 4500 t
Length: 139 m (456 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draught: 6 m (20 ft)
Propulsion: 4 Pielstick PA6 BTC diesel engines

2 fixed pitch propellers

4 diesel-alternators (3400 kW) for electrical plant
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km) at 17 knots (31 km/h)
Troops: room for special forces
Complement: 22 officers

142 non-commissioned officers

80 enlisted personnel
Sensors and
processing systems:
DRBV26C sentry radar

1 DRBJ11B tri-dimensional air sentry radar
1 DIBV2A infra-red alert system
2 DRBN34 navigation and landing radar

1 DUBV 24C hull sonar
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
1 ARBR 17 radar detector

1 SAIGON radio emission detector
1 ARBB 33 jammer
2 SAGAIE NG decoy launchers
2 DAGAIE decoy launchers

1 Syracuse II system
Armament: Anti-air;

Anti-ship;

Anti-submarine;

  • 2 × fixed torpedo tubes (10 × L5 mod 4 torpedoes)

Guns;

CIWS;

  • 2 × Sadral sextuple launcher (39 × Mistral CIWS anti-air missiles)
Aircraft carried: 1 × Panther anti-submarine helicopter

Jean Bart is an anti-air frigate of the French Marine Nationale of the Cassard-class. She is the eighth[1] vessel of the French Navy named after the privateer Jean Bart. She was commissioned on 3 March 1991.[2]

Jean Bart was fitted with a number of types of prototype equipment which were later incorporated in the La Fayette-class frigates.

Service history[edit]

On 12 April 2008, Jean Bart aided the capture of the pirates who had taken over the luxury yacht MY Le Ponant. She took part in Operation Unified Protector until she returned to her home port Toulon in April 2011.[3]

In October 2014, Jean Bart entered the US Fifth Fleet and joined up with CTF 50 for Opération Chammal.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Les précédents Jean Bart". Marine Nationale (in French). www.defense.gouv.fr. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jean Bart (D 615)". Marine Nationale (in French). www.defense.gouv.fr. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  3. ^ www.defense.gouv.fr[dead link]
  4. ^ "Chammal : La Frégate Jean Bart Intègre la Task Force 50" (in French). colsbleus.fr. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.