French frigate Jean de Vienne (D643)

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Jean de Vienne near Toulon, 23 September 2003
Career (France)
Name: Jean de Vienne
Namesake: Jean de Vienne
Laid down: 26 October 1979
Launched: 17 November 1981
Commissioned: 25 May 1984
Identification: D643
Status: in active service, as of 2015
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: CODOG
2 × Pielstick PA 6 V280 STD diesels, 5,200 hp (3,878 kW)
2 × Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 26,000 hp (19,388 kW)
2 shafts with 4-blade controllable pitch propellers
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
and 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

Jean de Vienne is a F70 type anti-submarine frigate of the French Marine Nationale. The French navy does not use the term "destroyer" for its ships; hence some large ships, referred to as "frigates", are registered as destroyers. She is the third French vessel named after the 14th century admiral Jean de Vienne. Her complement is 20% female.[1]

Jean de Vienne was laid down on 26 October 1979 and launched 17 November 1981. She was accepted into the French navy on 25 May 1984.

Service history[edit]

In 2001 Jean de Vienne was part of the task force deployed to the Indian Ocean as part of Opération Héraklès, the initial French contribution to the War in Afghanistan. While deployed there, she was part of the escort for the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.[1]

On 4 January 2009 Jean de Vienne helped to defend the Croatian tanker Donat, owned by the Tankerska plovidba from Zadar, and the Panamanian-flagged cargo ship Vulturnus, off Somalia.

In 2011, the ship deployed as part of Opération Harmattan, the French contribution to NATO's involvement in the military intervention in Libya.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Frégate Jean de Vienne" (in French). netmarine.net. 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "La frégate Jean de Vienne reçoit la croix de la valeur militaire" (in French). MeretMarine. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

Jean de Vienne at the French navy website