BATRAL-class landing ship

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BATRAL class
BATAL Francis Garnier
BATRAL Francis Garnier
Class overview
Succeeded by: Bâtiment Multimission (B2M)[1]
General characteristics
Type: Landing ship tank
Displacement: 770 t, 1,330 t fully loaded
Length: 80 m (262 ft)
Beam: 13 m (43 ft)
Draught: 3 m (10 ft)
Installed power:
  • 2 × diesel SACM Wärtsilä UD 33 V12 M4
  • 3,600 hp (2,700 kW)
  • Electric power: 2 × DA 180 kW
Propulsion: 2 × 4-bladed propellers
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) at 13 knots (24 km/h)
Complement:
  • 3 officers
  • 15 petty officers
  • 26 quarter-masters
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × DECCA 1226 navigation radar
  • Inmarsat system
Armament:
  • 2 × 40 mm anti-air guns
  • 2 × 12.7 mm machine guns
Aviation facilities: Helicopter landing deck

The timent de Transport Léger ("Light ferry ship") are small landing ships of the French Navy. Also known as Champlain class by the lead ship,[2] they have been used for regional transport and patrol needs in French Overseas Departments and Territories since the 1970s.[1] On 9 January 2014 it was announced that the two remaining Batrals in French service would be replaced in 2015/16 by three 1500-tonne Bâtiments Multimission (B2M) at a cost of ~€100m (US$136m).[1]

Design[edit]

The Batrals can ferry over 400 tons of matériel, in the hangar and on the deck. Loading and unloading can be done from a harbour or on a beach. Two flat-bottom vessels allow unloading fifty men and light vehicles each. The accommodations are designed for a Guépard-type intervention unit (five officers, fifteen petty officers and 118 men), or for typical company-sized armoured units. A helicopter landing deck allows landing for light helicopters, and transfer to and from heavy helicopters.

History[edit]

The Chilean Navy purchased the plans and built two ships in the ASMAR shipyards in the early 1980s.

Ships[edit]

French Navy
Chilean Navy
Côte d'Ivoire Navy
  • L'Elephant
Gabon Navy
  • President el Hadj Omar Bongo (L05)
Royal Moroccan Navy
  • Daoud Ben Aicha (402)
  • Ahmed Es Skali (403)
  • Abou Abdallah El Ayachi (404)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pape, Alex (9 January 2014). "France orders three new multimission vessels". IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. 
  2. ^ Champlain class
  3. ^ "Le Batral Jacques Cartier est rentré en France" [The landing ship Jacques Cartier returned to France]. Marine Nationale (in French). Ministère de la Défense. 15 July 2013.