French frigate La Fayette (F710)
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|Namesake:||Marquis de Lafayette|
|Laid down:||15 December 1990|
|Launched:||13 June 1992|
|Commissioned:||22 March 1996|
|Fate:||In active service|
|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)|
1 × Air/Surface DRBV 15C sentry radar
(Provision for future 16 × Aster 15 missiles in VLS)
|Armour:||On sensitive areas (munition magazine and control centre)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × helicopter (Panther or NH90)|
The La Fayette is a second-line multi-mission stealth frigate of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). She is the second French vessel named after the 18th century general Marquis de Lafayette. She is the lead ship of the class, which is also used by the Royal Saudi Navy.
In popular culture
- The La Fayette (F710), was featured in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, in as the site for the unveiling of the Eurocopter Tiger, which is subsequently stolen in the film.
- The 1997 video game, Goldeneye 007, released for the Nintendo 64, includes a hostage rescue mission on board the La Fayette.
- It is featured 2014 in Wargame: Red Dragon in which is used in NATO-side along with other ships.
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