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French frigate Duquesne (D603)

Frigate Duquesne
Duquesne in 2004
Name: Duquesne
Namesake: Abraham Duquesne
Builder: Lorient arsenal
Laid down: November 1964
Launched: 12 February 1966
Commissioned: 1 April 1970
Out of service: 2008
Homeport: Toulon
Identification: D 603
Status: In active service as a training ship
General characteristics
Class and type: Suffren-class frigate
  • 5335 tonnes
  • 6780 full load
Length: 158 m (518 ft)
Beam: 15.50 m (50.9 ft)
Draught: 7.25 m (23.8 ft)
  • 4 steam boilers and 4 turbines for 2 propellers; 72500 hp
  • 3440 kW, 2 turbo-alternators and 3 diesel-alternators
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph)
  • 23 officers
  • 337 petty officers and sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • DRBI23 tridimentional sentry radar
  • DRBV15 surface or low-altitude sentry radar
  • DRBC33 multi-system targeting radar
  • DRBN34
  • DRBR51
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 2 "Sagaie" decoy launchers
  • SLQ-25 Nixie
  • ARBR33 jammer
  • ARBR17 detector
  • 1 twin launcher of surface-air Masurca missiles (DRBR51-guided) (48 missiles)
  • 4 launchers of MM38 Exocet missiles (4 missiles)
  • 1 launcher of Malafon anti-submarine rocket torpedoes
  • 4 launchers of L5 anti-submarine torpedoes (10 torpedoes)
  • 2 100 mm turrets ("Messine" and "Palerme")
  • 4 × 20 mm cannons
  • 4 × 12,7 mm machine guns

Duquesne is a Suffren-class frigate of the French Navy. The French Navy does not use the term "destroyer" for its ships; hence some large ships, referred to as "frigates", are registered as destroyers. She is designed to protect a fleet against air threats, surface ships, submarines, and, to a lesser extent, provide firepower against land objectives. She is the sister-ship of Suffren. She is the eighth French vessel named after the 17th century admiral Abraham Duquesne. Her weapon systems bear names of battles to which Duquesne took part: Messine (turret n°1), Palerme (turret n°2), Alicuri (Malafon launcher), Agosta (Masurca launcher) and Stromboli (MM38 launcher).

Duquesne was decommissioned in 2008, but has been retained for use as a training ship.

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