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French ship Jacques Cartier (L9033)
Jacques Cartier alongside at Noumea in November 2002
Career (France)
Name: Jacques Cartier
Namesake: Jacques Cartier
Decommissioned: July 2013
General characteristics
Class & type: BATRAL
Displacement: 770 tons, 1,330 tons fully loaded
Length: 80 m (260 ft)
Beam: 13 m (43 ft)
Draught: 3 m (9.8 ft)
Propulsion: 2 diesel SACM Wärtsilä UD 33 V12 M4, 3600 hp (2650 kW), 2 4-bladed propellers
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)

15 days without passengers

10 days with passengers
Boats & landing
craft carried:

2 whaleboats

one 10-seat and one 6-seat Zodiac

3 officers
15 petty officers

26 quarter-masters
Sensors and
processing systems:

1 DECCA 1226 navigation radar

Inmarsat system

2 × 40 mm anti-air guns
2 × 12.7 mm machine guns

2 × 81mm mortars
Aviation facilities: landing point for a 6-tonne helicopter

The Jacques Cartier (L9033) is one of five BATRAL ("Light ferry ship") vessels operated by the French Navy.

The BATRAL vessels are able to ferry over 400 tons of matériel, in the hangar and on the deck. Loading and unloading can be done from a harbour or from a beach. Two flat-bottom vessels allow unloading 50 men and light vehicles each. The accommodations are designed for a Guépard-type intervention unit (5 officers, 15 petty officers and 118 men), or for typical company-sized armoured units. A helicopter landing deck allows landing for light helicopters, and transfer from and to heavy helicopters.

Jacques Cartier was deployed to East Timor as part of the Australian-led INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce from 28 November 1999 to 12 January 2000.[1]

She was decommissioned in July 2013 after returning from her final deployment overseas.


  1. Stevens, David (2007). Strength Through Diversity: The combined naval role in Operation Stabilise. Working Papers. 20. Canberra: Sea Power Centre - Australia. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-642-29676-4. ISSN 1834-7231. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 

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