French ship Siroco (L9012)

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Siroco
Siroco at Toulon
History
France
Name: Siroco
Namesake: Sirocco
Builder: DCN, Brest
Laid down: 9 October 1995
Launched: 14 December 1996
Commissioned: 21 December 1998
Decommissioned: July 2015
Homeport: Toulon
Identification: L 9012
Status: Sold to Brazilian Navy, August 2015
Brazil
Name: Bahia
Acquired: 7 August 2015
Commissioned: 17 December 2015
Identification: G40
General characteristics
Class and type: Foudre-class landing platform dock
Displacement:
  • 11,300 tonnes (standard)
  • 12,000 tonnes (full load)
Length: 168 m (551 ft)
Beam: 23.5 m (77 ft)
Draught: 5.2 m (17 ft)
Installed power: 20,800 hp (15,500 kW)
Propulsion:
  • Engines: 2 SEMT Pielstick 16 PC 2.5 V400 diesels
  • Propellers: 2 adjustable-blade propellers and one beam propeller
  • Auxiliaries: 1 beam propeller (1,000 hp)
  • Electrical plant:5 SACM-Unidiesel diesels alternators
  • Electrical power: 4,250 kW (5 × 850 kW)
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 20,300 km (11,000 nmi; 12,600 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
8 landing crafts
Capacity: 150-man command headquarters
Troops: 450 (900 for a short cruise)
Crew:
  • 20 officers
  • 80 petty officers
  • 60 Quarter-masters
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 4 helicopters EC-725 and SH-60 Seahawk (In Brazilian Navy)
Aviation facilities: Hangar

The French ship Siroco (L9012) was a Foudre-class landing platform dock of the Marine Nationale. The vessel was purchased by Brazil in August 2015, being transferred to the Brazilian Navy as the multipurpose amphibious ship Bahia (G40).

Service history[edit]

French service[edit]

Siroco during Opération Baliste

Siroco was deployed to East Timor as part of the Australian-led INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce from 10 October to 25 November 1999.[1]

She served during Opération Baliste during the 2006 Lebanon War. The vessel operated as part of Opération Séisme Haiti 2010 after the 12 January 2010 Haiti earthquake relief effort.

In December 2013 Siroco was serving as the flagship of European Union Naval Force Somalia.[2]

Siroco was to be decommissioned as stated in the 2013 French White Paper on Defence and National Security. The decision was confirmed in October 2014.[3] In July 2015, the ship was decommissioned in French service.[4]

Sale[edit]

In December 2014 the Brazilian Navy showed interest in the ship and sent a team to evaluate her. According to the analysis, the ship was in good general condition and recommended purchase.[5]

The Portuguese Navy also showed interest in the ship, during joint naval exercises with the French Navy, in March 2015.[6] However, when the acquisition process of Siroco was already at an advanced stage, the Minister of Defense of Portugal signed an renunciation order cancelling the process on 30 July 2015. The renunciation was justified by the identification of several incompatibilities between the ship and other hardware in use by Portugal, including its inability to support the operation of the Portuguese EH101 helicopters.[7]

Following the Portuguese withdrawal, on 7 August 2015, the Ministry of Defense of Brazil announced the acquisition of Siroco for the Brazilian Navy for €80 million. The deal includes landing craft, spare parts, missile launchers for the Mistral missile, and training. The ship was renamed Bahia and given the identification number G40.[8][9] Provisionally commissioned into the Brazilian Navy on 10 December 2015, the ship officially incorporated the vessel into service on 10 March 2016.[9]

To bring the ship into Brazilian service, a contract was signed with DCNS for €7.5 million.[9]

Brazilian Service[edit]

The purchase of the ship allowed an increase in the amphibious and aerial capabilities of the Brazilian Navy, as well as contributing to the maintenance of the logistics of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti and humanitarian aid thanks to the hospital center that Bahia has. Its airborne group in Brazilian Navy is composed by 2 helicopters Eurocopter EC725 and 2 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stevens, David (2007). Strength Through Diversity: The combined naval role in Operation Stabilise (PDF). Working Papers. 20. Canberra: Sea Power Centre - Australia. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-642-29676-4. ISSN 1834-7231. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  2. ^ EU Naval Force Flagship FS Siroco Helps Seafarers Adrift At Sea In The Gulf Of Aden, eunavfor, 14 December 2013, retrieved 2 February 2014 
  3. ^ "Défense : Le Drian détaille les 7 500 postes supprimés dans l'armée". francetvinfo. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Barreira, Victor (5 August 2015). "Brazil may acquire French Siroco LPD". IHS Jane's 360. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Relatório da Marinha do Brasil é favorável à aquisição do 'Siroco'" (in Portuguese). naval.com.br. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fragata Bartolomeu Dias e navio francês Siroco juntos em exercício naval" (in Portuguese). marinha.pt. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Portugal abandons plan to buy French LPD". IHS Jane's. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "MD adquire 'Siroco' para a Marinha do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Defesa Aérea & Naval. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "Brazil officially incorporates former French LPD | IHS Jane's 360". www.janes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 

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