French frigate Ventôse

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Frigate Ventôse
Frigate Ventôse
History
France
Name: Ventôse
Namesake: Month of Ventôse
Ordered: 1989
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Laid down: 28 June 1991
Launched: 14 March 1992
Commissioned: 5 May 1993
Homeport: Fort de France, Martinique
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Floréal-class frigate
Displacement: 2600 tonnes (2950 tonnes full load)
Length: 93.50 m (306.8 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draught: 4.40 m (14.4 ft)
Propulsion:
  • Engines : 4 diesel SEMT Pielstick 6PA6 L280
  • Auxiliaries : 1 Ulstein 200 kW beam propulsor
  • Propellers : 2 variable pace Lips
  • Propulsive power : 8800 hp (6470 kW)
  • Electric Plant : 3 Baudouin 12P15 2SR diesel alternators and 3 Alsthom AA 49L9 alternators
  • Electric Power : 3 × 590 kW
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range:
  • 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
  • 13,000 nautical miles (24,000 km; 15,000 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
  • ETN 90 (Embarcation de Transport en Nombre)
  • Zodiac Hurricane 530 OB with two Yamaha 2T 140 CV VETOL engines
  • One 10-seat zodiac
Complement:
  • 11 officers
  • 36 non-commissioned officers
  • 42 men
  • (11 men for the helicopter)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar:
  • DRBV-21C (Mars) air sentry radar
  • Racal Decca RM1290 navigation radar
  • Racal Decca RM1290 landing radar
  • Navigation
  • Microcin type intertial navigation system
  • Ben LMN4 loch
  • Furuno depth measure system
  • Navstar GPS system
  • Taiyo gonio VHF radio
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • ARBG-1A Saïgon
  • 2 Dagaie decoy systems
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 1 Panther helicopter

Ventôse is a light monitoring frigate ("frégate de surveillance") of the French Marine Nationale. She is the fourth ship of her class, and the first French vessel named after Ventôse, the 5th month of the Republican Calendar. She deployed as part of the French response to Hurricane Katrina.

Ventôse took part in the recovery operation for the Air France Flight 447 which crashed some 960 kilometres (600 mi) off the northeast coast of Brazil on 1 June 2009.[1]

A sailor aboard Ventôse tracks a surface contact during an exercise supporting FRUKUS 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Mundo.Rescatados 17 cuerpos en el océano Accessed 8 June 2009.