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French La Fayette class frigate Surcouf makes port call in Qatar.

| 2022

According to a tweet published by the French Ambassador on June 23, 2022, the French La Fayette class frigate Surcouf made a port call at Hamad Port, Qatar.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 French La Fayette class frigate Surcouf (Picture source: French MFA)

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

The La Fayette class (also known as FL-3000 for "Frégate Légère de 3,000 tonnes", or FLF for Frégate Légère Furtive) is a class of general purpose frigates built by DCNS and operated by the French Navy.

Surcouf has a length of 125 m (410 ft 1 in), a beam of 15.4 m (50 ft 6 in), and a draught of 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in). She can reach a top speed of 25 knots ( 46 km/h; 29 mph).

The ships are designed to accommodate a 10-tonne (9.8-long-ton) helicopter in the Panther or NH90 range (though they are also capable of operating the Super Frelon and similar heavy helicopters).

These helicopters can carry anti-ship missiles AM39 or AS15, and they can be launched during sea state five or six due to the Samahé helicopter handling system.

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