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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

VULCAIN diving tenders (1986 - 1987)

Vulcain 1990

Name

No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Vulcain M611 La Perrière, Lorient 15/5/1985 17/1/1986 11/10/1986 in service (2018)
Achéron A613 CMN, Cherbourg 5/2/1986 19/11/1986 17/6/1987 in service (2018)
Styx M614 CMN, Cherbourg 20/5/1986 3/3/1987 22/7/1987 in service (2018)
Pluton M622 La Perrière, Lorient 11/10/1985 13/5/1986 12/12/1986 in service (2018)

 

Displacement standard, t

409

Displacement full, t

490

Length, m

38.5 pp 41.6 oa

Breadth, m

7.50

Draught, m

3.20

No of shafts

2 Kort-nozzle

Machinery

2 SACM-Wärtsilä UD30V16M3 diesels

Power, h. p.

2200

Max speed, kts

13.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 74

Endurance, nm(kts) 7400(9)

Armament

M611, A613, M614: 1 x 1 - 12.7/90, 12 divers

M622: 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 12 divers

Sensors

DRBN-32 radar

Complement

15 + 12 divers

Ship project history: Derived from the local support tenders of the Chamois class, these ships have replaced the former US Adjutant class converted minesweepers in the diving support role. A team of up to fifteen divers can be accommodated. Two semirigid inflatables are carried abaft the funnels. The single hydraulic crane can lift 5t at 6m radius, 1.5t at 10m. The Syledis precision navigation system is fitted.

Modernizations: early 2000s, all: - DRBN-32 radar; + DRBN-38 radar

Naval service: Acheron is serving as training ship for the diving school at Toulon.

Vulcain 2003

Ivan Gogin, 2016-18