French frigate Guépratte

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History
France
Name: Guépratte
Namesake: Admiral Émile Paul Amable Guépratte
Laid down: 1 October 1998
Launched: 3 March 1999
Commissioned: 27 October 2001
Homeport: Toulon
Fate: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: La Fayette-class frigate
Displacement: 3200 tonnes, 3600 tonnes fully loaded
Length: 125 m (410 ft)
Beam: 15.4 m (51 ft)
Draught: 4.8 m (16 ft)
Propulsion: 4 diesel SEMT Pielstick 12PA6V280 STC2, 21000 hp (15 400 kW)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h), 9000 at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement:
  • 12 officers
  • 68 non-commissioned officers
  • 61 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × Air/Surface DRBV 15C sentry radar
  • 1 × firing control radar for the 100 mm gun
  • 1 × DRBN34 navigation radar
  • 1 × DRBN34 landing radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 1 × Saïgon ARBG 1 radio interceptor
  • 1 × ARBR 21 radar interceptor
  • 2 × Dagaie Mk2 chaff launcher
  • 1 × AN/SLQ-25 Nixie tugged noise maker
  • 1 × Prairie-Masker noise reduction system
  • 1 × Syracuse II
  • 1 × Inmarsat
Armament:
Armour: On sensitive areas (munition magazine and control centre)
Aircraft carried: 1 × helicopter (Panther or NH90)

Guépratte is a second-line multi-mission La Fayette-class frigate of the French Marine Nationale. She is the second French vessel named after the 19-20th century admiral Émile Paul Amable Guépratte. The ship was commissioned in 2001 and is currently in service.

Service history[edit]

She is the only frigate of the La Fayette class whose complement includes women, with 25 female crewmen on board. In January 2016, the first female commander of a frigate in the Marine Nationale was appointed to command Guépratte.[1]

In 2016, Guépratte deployed as part of the Jeanne d'Arc battle group which included the amphibious assault ship Tonnerre.[2]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "French Navy Appointed the First Female Officer to Command a Frigate". navy-recognition.com. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Les VHM de l'armée de Terre déployés pour la première fois sur BPC". meretmarine (in French). 9 March 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2015.