French frigate Latouche-Tréville
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Latouche-Tréville at Brest in September 1999
|Namesake:||Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville|
|Laid down:||15 February 1984|
|Launched:||19 March 1988|
|Commissioned:||16 July 1990|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Georges Leygues-class frigate|
|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)|
The French Navy does not use the term "destroyer" for its ships. Thus, some large ships, referred to as "frégates" in French, are registered as destroyers. And additionally, some minor ships, referred to as "avisos" in French, are registered as frigates.
She is the third French vessel named after the 18-19th century politician and admiral Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville.
In November 2006 and again in June 2010, Latouche-Tréville visited London on diplomatic duties, and was moored alongside the Second World War cruiser, HMS Belfast.
In the summer of 2009, she was filmed in stormy seas as part of the documentary Oceans. A video showing the ship in towering seas was set to the Naval Hymn, Eternal Father, Strong to Save (William Whiting, 1860).
In the autumn of 2009, while attached to an international force of NATO vessels, Latouche-Tréville visited Portsmouth Naval Base in the United Kingdom with vessels of the Dutch, Norwegian, Spanish and Turkish navies.
On 15 October 2012, the frigate was moored at Leith Docks in Scotland.
On 18 April 2015, she escorted a replica of the 18th century sailing ship Hermione as it departed La Rochelle, France on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic to Yorktown, Virginia in the United States. She returned to Brest with the ship on 10 August.
In May 2015, Latouche-Tréville was among a dozen surface vessels and four submarines that took part in NATO's annual "Dynamic Mongoose" exercise. Amid flaring tensions with Russia, the two-week event in Norwegian waters saw ships under NATO command conducting a variety of anti-submarine warfare operations.
On 4 June 2015, she was moored again at Leith Docks in Scotland.
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- Clip of on YouTube in the documentary Oceans