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La Galissonière 1979

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
La Galissonière D638   Arsenal de Lorient 4.11.1958 12.3.1960 9.7.1962 stricken 4.1990


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

2750

Displacement full, t

3740

Length, m

132.8

Breadth, m

12.7

Draught, m

5.40

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Rateau geared steam turbines, 4 Indret boilers

Power, h. p.

63000

Max speed, kts

34

Fuel, t

oil 800

Endurance, nm(kts)5000(18)
Armament

1 x 1 Malafon ASuM (13 Malafon), 2 x 1 - 100/55 Mod 1953, 2 x 3 - 550 TT (12 L3), 1 x 4 - 305 ASWRL, 1 helicopter (Alouette II)

Electronic equipment

DRBV-22A, DRBV-50, DRBC-32A, DRBN-32 radars, DUBV-23, DUBV-43 VDS sonars

Complement

333



Standard scale images


<i>La Galissonière </i>1963
La Galissonière 1963
<i>La Galissonière </i>1970
La Galissonière 1970
<i>La Galissonière </i>1980
La Galissonière 1980


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<i>La Galissonière </i>1979
La Galissonière 1979


Project history

Of the same basic design as the T 47/53 series, La Galissonière was completed as an experimental vessel fitted with an entire new generation of weapons and sensors. Originally it was intended that she should be armed with three of the new automatic 100mm DP mountings and 2 30mm AA, but the design was recast to incorporate the Malafon ASW missile launcher, and her armament as completed leaned heavily towards anti-submarine warfare. She provided the necessary experience for the design of a new generation of ASW fleet escorts.

La Galissonière was the first French escort to operate a helicopter. In order to make the most economical use of deck space, the top of the Malafon magazine formed the centre of the flight deck and a collapsible hangar was fitted above it, the sides folding down to provide additional width. This arrangement proved less than satisfactory and was not repeated in subsequent ships equipped with helicopters. The first helicopter operated was an Alouette II; this was later superseded by an Alouette III.

Modernizations

early 1970s: - 1 x 4 - 305 ASWRL; + ARBR/ARBA-10C ECM suite

Naval service

No significant events.