Floreal-class frigate

The Floréal class is a type of light "surveillance frigates" designed for the needs of the French Navy after the end of the Cold War, ordered in 1989. They use construction standards of commercial ships. The ships are named after months of the Republican Calendar.

Floreal-class frigate
Class Ship
Type Frigate
Manufacturer Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Production Period 1990 - 1993
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1992
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1992 View
Morocco 1992 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Chantiers de l'Atlantique 1990 1993 8 View

Ships in Class

  • French frigate Floréal (F730)
  • French frigate Prairial (F731)
  • French frigate Nivôse (F732)
  • French frigate Ventôse (F733)
  • French frigate Vendémiaire (F734)
  • French frigate Germinal (F735)
  • Mohammed V
  • Hassan II

Name: Floréal class
Builders: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire
Operators:  French Navy
 Royal Moroccan Navy
Preceded by: D'Estienne d'Orves class
Succeeded by: La Fayette-class
In commission: 27 May 1992
Completed: 6 (France)
2 (Morocco)
Active: France
Floréal, Prairial, Nivôse, Ventôse,Vendémiaire, Germinal
Mohammed V, Hassan II
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
Displacement: 2,600 tons standard,
2,950 tons full load
Length: 93.5 m (307 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draught: 4.3 m (14 ft)
Propulsion: 4 diesel SEMT Pielstick 6PA6 L280
Auxiliaries : 1 Ulstein 200 kW beam propulsor
Propellers : 2 variable pace Lips
Propulsive power : 8800 hp (6470 kW)
Electric Plant : 3 Baudouin 12P15 2SR diesel alternators and 3 Alsthom AA 49L9 alternators
Electric Power : 3 × 590 kW
Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph), 13,000 nmi (24,000 km; 15,000 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 88 (total):
11 officers
36 non-commissioned officers
42 men
(11 men for the helicopter)
Sensors and
processing systems:
DRBV-21C (Mars) air sentry radar
Racal Decca RM1290 navigation radar
Racal Decca RM1290 landing radar
Microcin type intertial navigation system
Ben LMN4 loch
Furuno depth measure system
Navstar GPS system
Taiyo gonio VHF radio
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
ARBG-1A Saïgon
2 Dagaie decoy systems
Armament: Anti-ship;
2 × Exocet MM38 missiles
1 × 100 mm CADAM turret with Najir fire control system
2 × 20 mm modèle F2 guns
2 x Mistral Simbad Launchers
Aircraft carried: 1 × Panther anti-submarine helicopter

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