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French ship Tonnerre (L9014)
The Tonnerre
Career (France)
Name: Tonnerre
Namesake: "Thunder"
Builder: Arsenal de Brest, Chantiers de Saint-Nazaire
Laid down:

26 August 2003 (aft part in Brest)

5 May 2004 (bow part in Saint-Nazaire)
Launched: 26 July 2005
Commissioned: December 2006
Homeport: Toulon
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Mistral-class amphibious assault ship

16,500 t (empty)
21,300 t (full load)

32,300 t (with ballast)
Length: 199 m
Beam: 32 m
Draught: 6,3 m
Propulsion: Motorisation : 2 Mermaïd electric motors (2 × 7 MW)
2 5-bladed propellers
Electrical plant: 4 Wärtsilä diesels-alternators 16 V32 (6,2 MW) + 1 Wärtsilä Vasaa auxiliary diesel-alternator 18V200 (3 MW)
Speed: 18.8 knots
Range: 10,800 km at 18 knots
19,800 km at 15 knots
Capacity: 2 barges, one Leclerc battalion, 70 vehicles
Complement: 20 officers, 80 petty officers, 60 Quarter-masters, 450 passengers (900 for a short cruise), 150 men for an on-board headquarter

2 Simbad systems
2 30 mm Breda-Mauser (not installed)

4 12.7 mm M2-HB Browning machine guns
Aircraft carried: 16 heavy or 35 light helicopters

US M1 Abrams enters the Tonnerre class of the coast of North Carolina.

The Tonnerre (L9014) is an amphibious assault helicopter carrier of the French Navy. She is the eighth vessel to bear the name and the second ship in the Mistral class amphibious assault ships.

The Tonnerre was launched on 26 July 2005 and joined active service in December 2006.[1]

Tonnerre’s maiden voyage occurred between 10 April and 24 July 2007. During this voyage, Tonnerre was involved in Opération Licorne, the French co-deploying complement to the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire following the Ivorian Civil War. Gazelle and Cougar helicopters of the French Air Force operated from the ship during 9 July.

At the start of 2008, Tonnerre was involved in the Corymbe 92 mission (see Standing French Navy Deployments), a humanitarian mission in the Gulf of Guinea. During this deployment, Tonnerre acted on tip-offs from the European Maritime Analysis Operation Centre – Narcotics, and intercepted 5.7 tonnes of smuggled cocaine: 2.5 tonnes from a fishing vessel 520 kilometres (280 nmi) from Monrovia on 29 January,[2] and 3.2 tonnes from a cargo ship 300 kilometres (160 nmi) off Conakry.

In May 2011, the French Military deployed Eurocopter Tiger and Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopters on the ship to augment forces engaged in Opération Harmattan and later Operation Unified Protector during the Libyan civil war.[3] along with allied ships such as the British helicopter carrier HMS Ocean which also provided its own attack helicopters.[4]

See also


External links

  • BPC Tonnerre Force Projection and Command Ship Tonnerre on Alabordache
  • BPC Tonnerre Force Projection and Command Ship Tonnerre

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