French frigate Cassard

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Cassard 1.jpg
History
France
Name: Cassard
Namesake: Jacques Cassard
Builder: DCNS S.A.
Laid down: 3 September 1982
Launched: 6 February 1985
Commissioned: 29 July 1988
Identification: D 614
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Cassard-class frigate
Displacement: 4500 t
Length: 139 m (456 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draught: 6 m (20 ft)
Propulsion:
  • 4 Pielstick PA6 BTC diesel engines
  • 2 fixed pace propellers
  • 4 diesel-alternators (3400 kW) for electrical plant
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km) at 17 knots (31 km/h)
Troops: room for special forces
Complement:
  • 22 officers
  • 142 non-commissioned officers
  • 80 enlisted personnel
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • DRBV26C sentry radar
  • 1 DRBJ11B tri-dimensional air sentry radar
  • 1 DIBV2A infra-red alert system
  • 2 DRBN34 navigation and landing radar
  • 1 DUBV 24C hull sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 1 ARBR 17 radar detector
  • 1 SAIGON radio emission detector
  • 1 ARBB 33 jammer
  • 2 SAGAIE NG decoy launchers
  • 2 DAGAIE decoy launchers
  • 1 Syracuse II system
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 1 × Panther anti-submarine helicopter
Tartar SM1 missile on Cassard.

Cassard is an anti-aircraft frigate of the French Marine Nationale, lead ship of the Cassard class. She is the 10th vessel of the French Navy named after the 18th century captain Jacques Cassard.

Service history[edit]

Cassard was fitted with a number of prototype equipment which were later incorporated into the La Fayette-class frigates.

In April 2016, Cassard was named as one of the ships participating in Operation Griffin Strike, a test of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force between the French and British armed forces.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK and France launch rapid deployment exercise". Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom). 10 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.