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The Air Defense Frigate Chevalier Paul Cleared for Active Duty
French Navy ^ | June 10, 2011

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,’ France’s 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 ship’s 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.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: france; frigate; navy

‘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)

1 posted on 06/10/2011 6:40:03 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

See the world today, in a Chevalier .....................


2 posted on 06/10/2011 6:41:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

French “stealth”...that “tower mast” or whatever it’s called..has to be a big radar target..


3 posted on 06/10/2011 6:45:34 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

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.


4 posted on 06/10/2011 6:52:13 AM PDT by stormer
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The Air Defense Frigate Chevalier Paul Cleared for Active Duty

It received its set of WHITE flags?

5 posted on 06/10/2011 6:58:42 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: ken5050
The ship is pretty small, but the angles of the flat surfaces, clean lines, and non-reflective coating make for a tricky target...


6 posted on 06/10/2011 6:59:02 AM PDT by stormer
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To: JRios1968

Has it surrendered yet?


7 posted on 06/10/2011 7:12:32 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (I fight gangs for local charities and stuff.)
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To: ken5050
French “stealth”...that “tower mast” or whatever it’s called..has to be a big radar target..

They were going to have an integrated mast with flat apertures but ran out of money.

8 posted on 06/10/2011 7:34:28 AM PDT by Strategerist (There is only so much stupidity one man can prevent - Andrew Marshall)
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To: stormer

“Rock the boat
Don’t rock the boat baby
Rock the boat
Don’t tip the boat over!”

Hues Corporation


9 posted on 06/10/2011 8:08:33 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: sukhoi-30mki; All

In the meantime, the US Navy is phasing out frigates.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/08/navy-enters-twilight-era-its-once-famous-frigates/


10 posted on 06/10/2011 8:47:04 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (I sure hope there is a New Morning in America soon. All this hope and change is leaving me depressed)
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To: stormer

It just became active and I see a sailor in retreat on the fantail already. Oh, those French.


11 posted on 06/10/2011 9:11:15 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: Ro_Thunder

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.


12 posted on 06/10/2011 9:14:59 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: stormer
If only the French were fighting for Western Civilization instead of traitorous lunacy like the Union for the Mediterranean.
13 posted on 06/11/2011 10:45:07 PM PDT by rmlew (No Blood for Sarkozy's re-election and Union for the Mediterranean)
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To: rmlew
Whatever. Israel seems to think it's a good idea. And by the way, here's a little present for Muammar courtesy of the French. I'd say they're doing a pretty good job.

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...

14 posted on 06/11/2011 11:37:18 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Helping Al Qaeada in the Maghreb take over Libya and expend their self-proclaimed Emirate of Barqa is useful how?


15 posted on 06/12/2011 12:08:37 AM PDT by rmlew (No Blood for Sarkozy's re-election and Union for the Mediterranean)
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