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French frigate Surcouf (F711)
Stealth frigate Surcouf
Career (France)
Namesake: Robert Surcouf
Laid down: 6 July 1992
Launched: 3 July 1993
Commissioned: 7 February 1997
Honours and
Flies the FFL jack in honour of the submarine Surcouf
Fate: In active service
General characteristics
Class & type: La Fayette-class frigate
Displacement: 3200 tonnes, 3600 tonnes fully loaded
Length: 125 m
Beam: 15.4 m
Draught: 4,8 m
Propulsion: 4 diesel SEMT Pielstick 12PA6V280 STC2, 21000 hp (15 400 kW)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h), 9000 at 12 knots (22 km/h)

12 officers
68 non-commissioned officers

61 men
Sensors and
processing systems:

1 x Air/Surface DRBV 15C sentry radar
1 x firing control radar for the 100 mm gun
1 x DRBN34 navigation radar

1 x DRBN34 landing radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

1 x Saïgon ARBG 1 radio interceptor
1 x ARBR 21 radar interceptor
2 x Dagaie Mk2 chaff launcher
1 x AN/SLQ-25 Nixie tugged noise maker
1 x Prairie-Masker noise reduction system
1 x Syracuse II

1 x Inmarsat

(Provision for future 16 × Aster 15 missiles in VLS)


  • 8 × Exocet MM40 block II anti-ship missiles



  • 1 × Crotale CN2 launcher (8 missiles on the launcher with 16 reload)
Armour: On sensitive areas (munition magazine and control centre)
Aircraft carried:

The Surcouf (F711) is a La Fayette-class frigate of the French Navy. She was laid down at Lorient Naval Dockyard on 6 July 1992, launched 3 July 1993, and commissioned May 1996.

Since its commission, Surcouf has taken part in numerous missions, notably in Operation Antilope (Gabon and Congo), Operation Trident (Kosovo) and Mission Khor Anga in the Djibouti zone.

On 14 May 2001, Surcouf rendered to assistance to Marc Guillemot skipper of the Biscuits La Trinitaine-Team Ethypharm, who had to abandon his ship after her starboard hull was seriously damaged. The Panther helicopter of Surcouf successfully airlifted the catamarans crew of five to safety.

On 14 October 2004, the Surcouf assisted the Sara 2, a Panamanian cargo ship which ran aground near Yemen. The 16-man crew was successfully airlifted by the Panther helicopter, and later transferred from the frigate to Yemeni coast guards.

Between May 17–21, 2008, the Surcouf participated in Exercise KhunjarHaad, a multi-national exercise held in the Gulf of Oman. Other participating warships included the American destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59), the British frigate HMS Montrose (F236), the British fleet replenishment tanker RFA Wave Knight (A389), and four other coalition ships conducted air defense; surface warfare operation; visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS); and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency.[1]

In November 2012 FS Surcouf deployed to the Horn of Africa as part of the European Unions Naval Operation in the area.[dated info] A British Lynx HMA.8 helicopter of 815 Squadron will be on board for the whole four-month deployment, along with 12 personnel including 2 Royal Marine snipers.[2] This is the first extended deployment of a Royal Navy helicopter on a French warship and is the result of a recent treaty between the United Kingdom and France to share military resources and conduct more joint operations.[2]



  1. Lt. (j.g.) Courtney Thraen, USN (August 8, 2008). "USS Momsen Visits Cyprus". NNS080805-04. USS Momsen Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "From frigate to frégate… Lynx team joins French warship on deployment". 19 October 2012. 

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