French frigate De Grasse (D 612)
|Namesake:||François Joseph Paul de Grasse|
|Builder:||Arsenal de Lorient|
|Launched:||30 November 1974|
|Commissioned:||25 October 1975|
|Decommissioned:||5 May 2013|
|In service:||1 October 1977|
|Class and type:||Tourville-class frigate|
|Displacement:||4580 tonnes (6100 tonnes fully loaded)|
|Length:||152.75 m (501.1 ft)|
|Beam:||15.80 m (51.8 ft)|
|Draught:||6.60 m (21.7 ft)|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried:||2 × Lynx WG13 anti-ship submarine|
De Grasse is a F67 type large high-sea frigate of the French Marine Nationale specialised in anti-submarine warfare, though she also has anti-air and anti-surface capabilities. She is named after the 18th century admiral count François Joseph Paul de Grasse.
In April 2006, De Grasse lost her towed sonar array during an exercise in heavy seas. The incident was reported by the Canard Enchaîné; an investigation was launched to ascertain responsibilities for the loss of the 3 million euro worth sonar array. Meanwhile, the spare sonar of the decommissioned Duguay-Trouin was fitted on De Grasse.
De Grasse was decommissioned on 5 May 2013 and is now moored in the Penfeld.
The frigate De Grasse
Aft of the frigate De Grasse; the towed sonar is clearly visible
The command bridge of De Grasse
The frigate De Grasse, harboured in Portsmouth, for the International Festival of the Sea (25th of August 2001).
Sources and references
- (French) Frégate De Grasse, netmarine.net