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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS AND CRAFT

FOUDRE dock landing ship (1944 / 1952)

Foudre 1960  

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Foudre (ex-Oceanway, ex-Dagger, ex-LSD12, ex-BAPM4) L9020 404 Newport News, USA 7/1943 29/12/1943 3/1944 // 1952 stricken 1/1969

Displacement standard, t

4500

Displacement full, t

7930

Length, m

138.4 pp 139.5 oa

Breadth, m

22.0

Draught, m

4.83

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Skinner Uniflow QuiPE, 2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

7400

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

oil, 7400 nm (15 kts)

Endurance, nm(kts) 7400(15)

Armament

1 x 1 - 105/45 SK C/32, 2 x 1 - 120/12 mortars, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

Capacity 3 LCT(5) or 2 LCT(3) or 2 LCT(4) or 14 LCM(3) or 1500 ts of cargo or 41 LVT or 47 DUKW, or 92 LVT or 108 DUKW with temporary decks, 263 troops

Sensors

radar

Complement

212

Ship project history: Serving in the Royal Navy as Oceanway, this vessel was returned to the USA in 1947 and was subsequently transferred to France under MDAP in 1952. The docking well could accommodate two LCT(3) landing craft. She gave the Marine Nationale much needed experience in amphibious operations and influenced the design of the Ouragan class TCDs.

Modernizations:  None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2015