French patrol vessel L'Adroit

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French offshore patrol ship L'Adroit
Class overview
Builders: DCNS
Preceded by: P400 class
Built: May 2010 – June 2011
In commission: 2012 – present
Planned: 4
Building: 1
Completed: 1
Active: 1
General characteristics
Class and type: Gowind-class corvette
Displacement: 1,450 t (1,450 t) (full load)
Length: 87 m (285 ft)
Beam: 11 m (36 ft)
Draft: 3.3 m (11 ft)
Installed power: Electrical:
Propulsion: 2 Anglo Belgian Corporation V12 diesel engines, 5.6 MW (7,500 hp)
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 8,000 nmi (14,800 km; 9,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance: 30 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 × 9 m (30 ft) RHIBs
Complement: 30 core crew, up to 29 troops
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • DCNS Polaris combat management system
  • Terma Scanter 6002 I-Band surface search radar
  • Terma Scanter 4102 I-Band air and surface search radar
  • Sagem EOMS (Electro Optical Multisensor System) NG
  • Sagem SIGMA 40D Inertial measurement unit
  • LinkSrechts Helicopter visual landing aid system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 1 × 20 mm cannon
  • 2 × .50-cal machine guns
Aircraft carried:
Aviation facilities: Helicopter pad and hangar

L'Adroit was a Gowind-class patrol vessel specially designed by DCNS for maritime protection missions.

Placed at the disposal of the French Navy by DCNS for a period of three years, L'Adroit sailed from its home base on France's Mediterranean coast in May 2012 to conduct its first fishery policing and maritime security mission, including deployment for Operation Thon Rouge, monitoring fishing vessels with red tuna quotas for 2012.

L'Adroit was sold to the Argentine Navy in November 2018.[2] It was commissioned as ARA Bouchard in December 2019.[3]


She has a 360° panoramic bridge and an integrated mast. The minimal superstructure of the ship leaves a substantial space available for air operations (helicopters, UAVs) and for launch and recovery of surface assets (RHIBs or USVs). L'Adroit's missions are managed by a combat system, which supplies essential detailed information on the ship’s environment, acquired by various detectors, deployed sensors and other ships integrated into the surveillance network. The mission system can also include a maritime surveillance system capable of detecting suspicious course profiles automatically.


The vessel was capable of a variety of missions usually associated with offshore patrol of economic zones.


  1. ^ Blama, Andrea. "CAMCOPTER S-100 Integration into DCNS New Class of Offshore Patrol Vessel" (PDF). Schiebel. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "OPV argentins : le contrat de vente est signé". (in French). 30 November 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Argentine Navy commissions ARA Bouchard OPV". Jane's. Jane's Group UK Limited. 10 December 2019. Archived from the original on 11 December 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2020.

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