Frigate Chevalier Paul (D621)

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Basic information

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Ship measurements

7,050 t
152.87 m
20.3 m
5.4 m


Propulsion system:
  • 2 * 23,330 kW (31,280 hp) GE/Avio LM2500 gas turbines
  • 2 * 4,381 kW (5,875 hp) SEMT Pielstick 12 PA6 STC diesels
  • 1 * beam propeller
  • 2 * 4-blade propellers
29 knots
7,000 nmi (13,000 km; 8,100 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)



Combat assets

Boats & landing craft:
  • EDO, 20-seat EFRC, Hurricane 733
  • S-1850 LRR tri-dimensional sentry radar with IFF
  • ABF TUS 4110 CL hull sonar
  • Towed linear antenna with Alto torpedo detector
  • Radar jammer
  • Communication jammer
  • NGDS system (2 decoy launchers, REM, RIR, LAD)
  • Contralto system (2 acoustic decoy launchers)
  • PAAMS EMPAR multifunction radar on G band
  • 1 * PAAMS (48 * Aster 15 or 30 anti-air missiles in SYLVER A50 VLS)
  • For but not with: 1 * Sadral launcher with 6 * Mistral missiles space on starboard roof of hangar
  • 8 * Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles
  • 2 * MU90 torpedo tubes
  • 2 * Otobreda 76 mm super rapid guns
  • 3 * Narwhal 20 mm remote-controlled naval gun
  • 1 * NH90 helicopter

Chevalier Paul is a Horizon-class frigate of the French Marine Nationale commissioned in June 2009, the third vessel of the French Navy named after the 17th century admiral Chevalier Paul. The main mission of this type of ship is the escort and protection of a carrier strike group formed around an aircraft carrier, usually Charles de Gaulle or one of the aircraft carriers of the US Navy, or an amphibious operation carried out by amphibious helicopter carriers. The ship's specialty is air traffic control in a war zone, but it can be employed in a wide variety of missions, such as intelligence-gathering, special forces operations, or in protecting less well-armed vessels. Horizon-class frigates such as Chevalier Paul are the most powerful surface combatants that France has ever built. In service since the end of 2011, it bears the pennant number D621. Its namesake is Jean-Paul de Saumeur, better known as Chevalier Paul, a French naval officer born in Marseille in 1598.

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