Skip to comments.The Air Defense Frigate Chevalier Paul Cleared for Active Duty
Posted on 06/10/2011 6:40:00 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
The Air Defense Frigate Chevalier Paul Cleared for Active Duty
(Source: French navy; issued June 10, 2011)
(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
Admission to active duty is an essential step in the life of any ship. Chevalier Paul will now be able to conduct operational missions and, in the coming days, she will take part in Operation Harmattan, Frances share of the U.N. mission in Libya.
The frigate Chevalier Paul is the result of the Franco-Italian naval HORIZON program, which included the construction of two new-generation frigates for each country, and thus initiated the renewal of the two navies air defense components.
In French service, Le Forbin and Chevalier Paul replaced the missile frigates Suffren, decommissioned in 2001, and Duquesne, decommissioned in 2007.
Chevalier Paul's mission is fleet air defense. Her principal anti-air weapons system allows her to cope with threats ranging from the latest missiles and to respond, notably thanks to its vertically-launched ASTER missiles, to large-scale air strikes. The ships electromagnetic discretion, and her ability to detect and decoy missiles, make her especially suitable for high-intensity operations as well as interventions in crisis areas.
The two Horizon-class ships can provide air cover for task forces (aircraft carrier, amphibious or civilian) against all aerial threats, including supersonic anti-ship missiles. They can exercise command and coordination of air operations from the sea, including those involving foreign aircraft. Their capabilities in other areas of naval combat also enable them to perform various other tasks, including securing a maritime area, control of maritime traffic, evacuation of nationals..., etc.
Chevalier Paul, the second Horizon-class anti-air frigate, has joined the French fleet, and will shortly deploy to Libyan waters as part of the U.N. mission there. (French Navy photo)
See the world today, in a Chevalier .....................
French “stealth”...that “tower mast” or whatever it’s called..has to be a big radar target..
Jean-Paul de Saumeur (off Marseille, 1598 Toulon, 20 December 1667), often called Chevalier Paul was a French admiral who served in several Mediterranean campaigns.
Saumeur began sailing at the age of twelve in the navy of the Order of Malta. He distinguished himself in a naval engagement by defeating two Turkish galleys, replacing his captain after he was killed.
Saumeur kept the command of the ship and in another fight he defeated five Ottoman ship, sinking two of them and capturing a third. He was knighted in 1637.
It received its set of WHITE flags?
Has it surrendered yet?
They were going to have an integrated mast with flat apertures but ran out of money.
“Rock the boat
Don’t rock the boat baby
Rock the boat
Don’t tip the boat over!”
In the meantime, the US Navy is phasing out frigates.
It just became active and I see a sailor in retreat on the fantail already. Oh, those French.
If the Democrats keep power they will be phasing out the entire Navy. Carter and then Clinton each made big cuts in the number of ships.
Of course we all know the French don't believe in putting in a full day. Here's a couple of fellas who apparently didn't get the memo and now they're forced to take some time off...
You know, all in all, I'd say the French opened a big ol' can of Western Civilization all over Qadaffi's sorry ass. I for one, tip my hat...
Helping Al Qaeada in the Maghreb take over Libya and expend their self-proclaimed Emirate of Barqa is useful how?