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TORPEDO SHIPS

GEORGES LEYGUES missile destroyers (1979 - 1990)

Georges Leygues 2000

Latouche-Tréville 2000

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Georges Leygues D640 Arsenal de Brest 16/9/1974 17/12/1976 10/12/1979 decommissioned 9/2013, stricken 3/2014
Dupleix D641 Arsenal de Brest 17/10/1975 2/12/1978 13/6/1981 decommissioned 6/2014, scuttled 6/2016
Montcalm D642 Arsenal de Brest 5/12/1975 31/5/1980 28/5/1982 stricken 7/2017
Jean de Vienne D643 Arsenal de Brest 26/10/1979 17/11/1981 25/5/1984 in service (2018)
Primauguet D644 Arsenal de Brest 17/11/1981 17/3/1984 5/11/1986 in service (2018)
La Motte-Picquet D645 Arsenal de Brest 12/2/1982 6/2/1985 18/2/1988 in service (2018)
Latouche-Tréville D646 Arsenal de Brest 15/2/1984 19/3/1988 16/7/1990 in service (2018)

 

Displacement standard, t

D640: 3550

D641-643: 3831

D644-646: 3680

Displacement full, t

D640: 4350

D641-643: 4500

D644-646: 4580

Length, m

129.0 pp 139.0 oa

Breadth, m

14.0

Draught, m

5.50 hull 5.80-5.86 propellers

No of shafts

2

Machinery

CODOG: 2 Rolls-Royce Olympus TM-3B gas turbines / 2 SEMT-Pielstick 16PA6C V280 diesels

Power, h. p.

52000 / 10720

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

distillate fuel 600t

Endurance, nm(kts) 10000(15)

Armament

D640, 641: 4 x 1 MM38 Exocet SSM (4 MM38), 1 x 8 Crotale SAM (26 Crotale), 1 x 1 - 100/55 Mod. 1968 CADAM, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10 Mod. 23, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 - 550 KD-59E torpedo catapults (10 L5 Mod. 4), 2 helicopters (Lynx)

D642: 2 x 4 MM40 Exocet SSM (8 MM40), 1 x 8 Crotale SAM (26 Crotale), 1 x 1 - 100/55 Mod. 1968 CADAM, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10 Mod. 23, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 - 550 KD-59E torpedo catapults (10 L5 Mod. 4), 2 helicopters (Lynx)

D643: 4 x 2 MM40 Exocet SSM (8 MM40), 1 x 8 Crotale SAM (26 Crotale), 1 x 1 - 100/55 Mod. 1968 CADAM, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10 Mod. 23, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 - 550 KD-59E torpedo catapults (10 L5 Mod. 4), 2 helicopters (Lynx)

D644-646: 2 x 4 MM40 Exocet SSM (8 MM40), 1 x 8 Crotale EDIR SAM (26 Crotale EDIR), 1 x 1 - 100/55 Mod. 1968 CADAM, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10 Mod. 23, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 - 550 KD-59E torpedo catapults (10 L5 Mod. 4), 2 helicopters (Lynx)

Sensors

D640: 2x DRBN-32, DRBV-26, DRBV-51D, DRBC-32E radars, DUBV-23, DUBV-43B VDS, DSBV-62C towed sonars, ARBR-16, ARBB-32B, ARBX-10 ECM suites, 2x Syllex decoy RL, 2x Replica floating radar decoys, SLQ-25A Nixie towed torpedo decoy, SENIT-4 CCS

D641: 2x DRBN-32, DRBV-26, DRBV-51C, DRBC-32E radars, DUBV-23, DUBV-43B VDS sonars, ARBR-16, ARBB-32B, ARBX-10 ECM suites, 2x Syllex decoy RL, 2x Replica floating radar decoys, SLQ-25A Nixie towed torpedo decoy, SENIT-4 CCS

D642: 2x DRBN-32, DRBV-15A, DRBC-33A radars, DUBV-23, DUBV-43B VDS sonars, ARBR-17, ARBB-32B ECM suites, 2x Syllex decoy RL, 2x Replica floating radar decoys, SLQ-25A Nixie towed torpedo decoy, SENIT-4 CCS

D643: 2x DRBN-32, DRBV-26, DRBV-51C, DRBC-32E radars, DUBV-23, DUBV-43C VDS sonars, ARBR-16, ARBB-32B, ARBX-10 ECM suites, 2x AMBL-1C Dagaie Mk 2 decoy RL, 2x Replica floating radar decoys, SLQ-25A Nixie towed torpedo decoy, SENIT-4 CCS

D644: 2x DRBN-32, DRBV-15A, DRBC-33A radars, Panda DMA-B e/o director, DUBV-24C, DUBV-43C VDS, DSBV-61A towed sonars, ARBR-17, ARBB-32B, ARBG-1A Saigon ECM suites, 2x AMBL-1C Dagaie Mk 2 decoy RL, 2x Replica floating radar decoys, SLQ-25A Nixie towed torpedo decoy, SENIT-4 CCS

D645, 646: 2x DRBN-32, DRBV-15A, DRBC-33A radars, Panda DMA-B, Piranha III IR E/O directors, DUBV-24C, DUBV-43C VDS, DSBV-61A towed sonars, ARBR-17, ARBB-32B, ARBG-1A Saigon ECM suites, 2x AMBL-1C Dagaie Mk 2 decoy RL, 2x Replica floating radar decoys, SLQ-25A Nixie towed torpedo decoy, SENIT-4 CCS

Complement

216

Ship project history: Prompted by the requirement to replace the destroyers of the T 47 and T 53 classes, the C 70 project aimed to provide a common hull and propulsion system for two distinct classes; one to provide ASW protection for the fleet, and the other to provide area air defence. In the event it proved difficult to achieve the degree of commonality desired, and the final designs share only a common hull.

    Six ASW vessels were laid down before construction was begun on the first of the AAW ships. The destroyers of the Georges Leygues class incorporate many of the features of the F 67 type, but on a reduced displacement. They have adopted the full-width hangar and have identical helicopter handling facilities. They also carry the same outfit of sensors, although a SENIT 4 tactical data system, using more advanced computers and all-French components, superseded the SENIT 3 system of their predecessors. The reduction in length meant only a single 100mm gun mounting forward, and Malafon had to be abandoned because of the adoption of gas turbine main propulsion machinery, which required large air intakes and exhaust uptakes amidships.

    The adoption of gas turbines was influenced by developments in the Royal Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy. However, only the Olympus half of the Olympus/Tyne COGOG package adopted by the latter navies was acceptable, as it was felt that the Tyne lacked sufficient power for running astern, particularly in the tropics, and was also expensive to run at cruising speed. SEMT-Pielstick diesels were adopted instead, and coupled with the Olympus main turbines in a CODOG arrangement.

Modernizations: 1996, Jean de Vienne, 1999, Dupleix: - 2 x 1 - 20/70, ARBB-32B ECM suite; + 2 x 6 Sadral SAM (39 Mistral), 2 x 1 - 30/70 OTOBreda-Mauser, DIBV-2A Vampir IR E/O suite, 2x DIBC-2A E/O directors, 2x ARBB-36A ECM suites

1990s, Georges Leygues, Dupleix, Montcalm: - 1 x 8 Crotale SAM, 2x Syllex decoy RL; + 1 x 8 Crotale EDIR SAM (26 Crotale EDIR), 2x AMBL-1C Dagaie Mk 2 decoy RL

1997, La Motte-Picquet; 1998, Primauguet, Latouche-Tréville: + 2 x 2 Simbad SAM (~16 Mistral), 2x ARBB-36 ECM suites

1999, Georges Leygues, La Motte-Picquet: - 2 Lynx helicopters (hangar was converted for training role); + 2 x 2 Simbad SAM (~16 Mistral)

2000, Montcalm: - 2 x 1 - 20/70, 2x Syllex decoy RL; + 2 x 6 Sadral SAM (39 Mistral), 2 x 1 - 30/70 OTOBreda-Mauser, 2x DIBC-2A E/O directors, 2x ARBB-36 ECM suites, 2x AMBL-1C Dagaie Mk 2 decoy RL

early 2000s, all: - 2x DRBN-32 radars; + 2x DRBN-34 radars

2002, Dupleix; 2003, Jean de Vienne: - DRBV-51C radar; + DRBV-15A radar

2002-2003, all: 60m bulges were installed, with 210t concrete, displacement rose by 330t, endurance was about 8000(15)nm.

2005, Georges Leygues, Dupleix, Montcalm, Jean de Vienne: + 4 x 1 - 12.7/90

2005, Primauguet, La Motte-Picquet, Latouche-Tréville: - 2 x 1 - 20/70, 2 - 550 torpedo catapults; + 2 x 1 - 20/90 F2, 4 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 - 324 B515 TT (10 MU-90)

2007, Montcalm; 2008, Jean de Vienne: - DUBV-23 sonar; + UMS-4110 sonar

2012, Montcalm, Jean de Vienne: - 2 x 1 - 30/70; + 2 x 1 - 20/90 F2

Naval service: No significant events.

Georges Leygues 1979

Jean de Vienne 2002

Latouche-Tréville 2008

Ivan Gogin, 2016-18