Duquesne in 2004
|Laid down:||November 1964|
|Launched:||12 February 1966|
|Commissioned:||1 April 1970|
|Out of service:||2008|
|Status:||In active service as a training ship|
|Class and type:||Suffren-class frigate|
|Length:||158 m (518 ft)|
|Beam:||15.50 m (50.9 ft)|
|Draught:||7.25 m (23.8 ft)|
|Speed:||34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
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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