French frigate La Motte-Picquet (D645)

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La Motte-Picquet
History
France
Name: La Motte-Picquet
Namesake: Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte
Builder: Brest arsenal
Laid down: 12 February 1982
Launched: 6 February 1985
Commissioned: 18 February 1988
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Georges Leygues-class frigate
Displacement:
  • 3,550 t (3,494 long tons)
  • 4,500 t (4,429 long tons) full load
Length: 139 m (456 ft 0 in)
Beam: 14 m (45 ft 11 in)
Height: 39.36 m (129 ft 2 in)
Draught: 5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) on gas turbines
  • 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) on diesels
Range:
  • 1,000 nmi (1,900 km; 1,200 mi) at 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph) on gas turbines
  • 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) on diesels
Complement:
  • 20 officers
  • 120 non-commissioned officers
  • 95 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Detection:
  • 1 Air/surface sentry radar DRBV51C
  • 1 Air sentry radar DRBV 26
  • 1 Fire control radar DRBC 32E
  • 2 Navigation radar KH 1007
  • 1 Hull sonar DUBV 23
  • 1 Towed sonar DUBV 43C
  • Tactical information:
  • SENIT 4
  • SEAO/OPSMER
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 2 Radar interceptors ARBR 16
  • 2 × Syllex chaff launchers
Armament:
  • Anti-air:
  • 1 × Crotale EDIR system - 8 missiles on launcher + 18 stored
  • 2 × Simbad systems - 2 × 2 Mistral missiles
  • 1 × CADAM 100 mm main gun
  • 2 × 20 mm guns
  • 4 × 12.7 mm machine guns
  • Anti-surface:
  • 4 × Exocet MM38 missiles
  • Anti-submarine:
  • 10 × L5 Mod4 torpedoes
  • 2 × L5 torpedo launchers
Aircraft carried:
  • 2 × Lynx WG13 Mk.4 helicopters, each with:
  • 1 × DUAV4 sonar
  • Rheseda system for transmission of acoustic data
  • 12 × Mark 46 torpedoes

La Motte-Picquet is a F70 type anti-submarine frigate of the French Marine Nationale. She is the fourth French vessel named after the 18th Century admiral count Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte. As of January 2012 she is serving in the Persian Gulf.

Service history[edit]

On 22 August 2007, she took custody of the Danish freighter Danica White which had been captured by pirates on 3 June.

2011/12 tour[edit]

She left Brest on 9 November 2011 for active duty in the Indian Ocean and was refuelled by the US replenishment ship USNS Patuxent on 10 January 2012.[1] On 22 January she passed through the Straits of Hormuz with the British frigate HMS Argyll and a US battlegroup centred on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.[2]

Opération Chammal[edit]

In November 2015, a French Navy press release stated that La Motte-Picquet will be part of the Charles de Gaulle task force launching strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant starting January 2016.[3]

Tracking Russian warships[edit]

In March 2016, La Motte-Picquet shadowed the Russian destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an oiler and a tugboat as it passed near French waters.[4]

British-French CJEF[edit]

La Motte-Picquet will be part of the Anglo-French CJEF exercise.[5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Un pétrolier américain ravitaille la frégate La Motte-Picquet". French Ministry of Defence. 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Stringer, David (24 January 2012). "UK could send more navy assets to Strait of Hormuz". Associated Press. 
  3. ^ "Mission Arromanches 2 : Déploiment du GAN en Méditerranée orientale et dans l'Océan Indien". colsbleus.fr (in French). 18 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "HMS Somerset’s tsar turn as she spends Easter monitoring Russian task group". Royal Navy. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "UK and France launch rapid deployment exercise". Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom). 10 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 

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