French frigate Floréal (F730)

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Frigate Floréal
Floréal in Bora-Bora
History
France
Name: Floréal
Namesake: Month of Floréal
Ordered: 1989
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Laid down: 2 April 1990
Launched: 6 October 1990
Commissioned: 27 May 1992
Homeport: Port des Galets, La Réunion
General characteristics
Class & type: Floréal-class frigate
Displacement: 2,600 tonnes (2,950 tonnes full load)
Length: 93.50 m (306.8 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draught: 4.40 m (14.4 ft)
Installed power: 4 × SEMT Pielstick 6PA6 L280 (6,470 kW (8,680 hp))
Propulsion:
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range:
  • 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
  • 13,000 nautical miles (24,000 km; 15,000 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
  • ETN 90 (Embarcation de Transport en Nombre)
  • Zodiac Hurricane 530 OB with two Yamaha 2T 140 CV VETOL engines
  • One 10-seat zodiac
Complement:
  • 11 officers
  • 36 non-commissioned officers
  • 42 enlisted
  • (11 for the helicopter)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar
    • DRBV-21C (Mars) air sentry radar
    • Racal Decca RM1290 navigation radar
    • Racal Decca RM1290 landing radar
  • Navigation
    • Microcin type intertial navigation system
    • Ben LMN4 loch
    • Furuno depth measure system
    • Navstar GPS system
    • Taiyo gonio VHF radio
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • ARBG-1A Saïgon
  • 2 Dagaie decoy systems
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 1 Panther helicopter

Floréal is a small monitoring frigate ("frégate de surveillance") of the French Marine Nationale. She is the lead ship of her class, and the first French vessel named after the 8th month of the Republican Calendar.

Service history[edit]

Floréal's mission is the monitoring of the Exclusive Economic Zone in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.

In 1993, she took part in United Nations Operation in Somalia II to protect Blue Helmets. In 1995, she took part in the capture of Bob Denard in the Comoros. She also took part in the Action of 9 April 2009.