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French frigate Montcalm (D642)
FS Montcalm 1
Career (France) Ensign of France.svg
Name: Montcalm
Builder: Brest arsenal
Laid down: 5 December 1975
Launched: 31 May 1980
Commissioned: 28 May 1982
Status: in active service, as of 2020
General characteristics
Class & type: Georges Leygues-class frigate
Displacement: 3,550 t (3,494 long tons)
4,500 t (4,429 long tons) full load
Length: 139 m (456 ft 0 in)
Beam: 14 m (45 ft 11 in)
Height: 39.36 m (129 ft 2 in)
Draught: 5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: CODOG
2 × Pielstick PA 6 V280 STD diesels, 5,200 hp (3,878 kW)
2 × Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 26,000 hp (19,388 kW)
2 shafts with 4-blade controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h) on gas turbines
21 knots (24 mph; 39 km/h) on diesels
Range: 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) at 30 kn (35 mph; 56 km/h) on gas turbines
10,000 nmi (19,000 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h) on diesels
Complement: 20 officers
120 non-commissioned officers
95 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
Detection:
1 Air/surface sentry radar DRBV51C
1 Air sentry radar DRBV 26
1 Fire control radar DRBC 32E
2 Navigation radar KH 1007
1 Hull sonar DUBV 23
1 Towed sonar DUBV 43C
Tactical information:
SENIT 4
SEAO/OPSMER
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
2 Radar interceptors ARBR 16
2 × Syllex chaff launchers
Armament: Anti-air:
1 × Crotale EDIR system - 8 missiles on launcher + 18 stored
2 × Siadral systems - 2×6 Mistral missiles
1 × CADAM 100 mm main gun
2 × 20 mm guns
4 × 12.7 mm machine guns
Anti-surface:
4 × Exocet MM40 missiles
Anti-submarine:
10 × L5 Mod4 torpedoes
2 × L5 torpedo launchers
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx WG13 Mk.4 helicopters, each with:
1 × DUAV4 sonar
Rheseda system for transmission of acoustic data
12 × Mark 46 torpedoes (to be replaced by MU90 torpedoes)

Montcalm is a F70 type anti-submarine frigate of the French Marine Nationale. She is the fourth French vessel named after the 18th century Marshal marquess Louis de Montcalm de Saint Véran. She is involved in operations off Libya.[1]

Note: The French navy doesn't use the term "destroyer" for its ships; hence some large ships, referred to as "frigates", are registered as destroyers.

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