Georges Leygues-class frigate

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Dupleix, a Georges Leygues-class frigate
Class overview
Builders: Brest arsenal
Operators:  French Navy
Preceded by: Tourville-class frigate
Succeeded by: FREMM multipurpose frigate
Built: 1974–1988
In commission: 10 December 1979–
Completed: 7
Active: Dupleix
Jean de Vienne
Retired: 1
General characteristics
Type: Anti-submarine Frigate
Displacement: 3,550 t (3,494 long tons)
4,500 t (4,429 long tons) full load
Length: 139 m (456 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draught: 5.7 m (18 ft 8 in)
Propulsion: CODOG
2 × Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 26,000 hp (19,388 kW) each
2 × SEMT Pielstick 16PA6-V280 diesel engines, 5,200 hp (3,878 kW) each
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Range: 8,500 mi (7,400 nmi; 13,700 km)
Complement: 235

4 × MM38/MM40 Exocet anti-ship missiles
2 × fixed torpedo tubes (10 × L5 mod 4 or MU90 torpedoes)
1 × Creusot-Loire Compact 100mm/55 Mod 68 DP gun
2 × 30 mm Breda-Mauser or 20 mm F2 anti-aircraft guns
2/4 × 12.7 machine guns

1 × Crotale Navale EDIR octuple launcher (26 × CIWS anti-air missiles)
2 × Simbad twin launcher (Mistral 4 × CIWS anti-air missiles)
Aircraft carried: 2 × Westland Lynx anti-ship helicopters

The Georges Leygues class (Type F70) is a class of anti-submarine destroyers of the French Navy. They are multi-role ships due to their Exocet and Crotale missile armament, making them especially suitable for the defence of strategic positions, show of force operations, or as high seas escorts.

The superstructures were built to optimise resistance to the blast from nuclear explosions.

The F70 is internationally labelled an "anti-submarine destroyer" (hence the "D" in the hull numbers), though the French do not use the term and refer to the ships as "frigates".

The last three ships of the class had their bridges raised one deck to overcome problems experienced by the first four in bad weather, as well as being equipped with DSBV 61 passive linear towed array sonar and several other upgraded systems.[1]


  1. ^ Miller, David; Chris Miller (1986). Modern Naval Combat. USA: Salamandar Books. pp. 100–101. ISBN 0-517-61350-6. 

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The Georges Leygues class frigate Latouche-Tréville departing Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, 21 September 2009.