French frigate Latouche-Tréville

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Latouche-Tréville
Latouche-Tréville at Brest in September 1999
History
France
Name: Latouche-Tréville
Namesake: Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville
Laid down: 15 February 1984
Launched: 19 March 1988
Commissioned: 16 July 1990
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 (35 mph; 56 km/h) on gas turbines
  • 21 knots (24 mph; 39 km/h) on diesels
Range:
  • 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) at 30 kn (35 mph; 56 km/h) on gas turbines
  • 10,000 nmi (19,000 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h) 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

Latouche-Tréville is a F70 type anti-submarine destroyer of the French Navy (Marine Nationale).

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.

Service history[edit]

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.[1] A video showing the ship in towering seas was set to the Naval Hymn, Eternal Father, Strong to Save (William Whiting, 1860).

Latouche-Tréville departing from Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, 21 September 2009.

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

On 4 June 2015, she was moored again at Leith Docks in Scotland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oceans (2009)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Schofield, Hugh (18 April 2015). "Replica 18th Century French frigate sails for US". BBC News. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Replica French warship recreates historic voyage to US". BBC News. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Anti-submarine warfare exercise 'Dynamic Mongoose' starts off Norwegian coast". North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 

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