French frigate Prairial
Prairial is a light monitoring frigate ("frégate de surveillance") of the French Marine Nationale. She is the second ship of the Floréal class, and the second French warship named after the ninth month of the Republican Calendar.
|Namesake:||Month of Prairial|
|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique|
|Laid down:||11 September 1990|
|Launched:||16 March 1991|
|Commissioned:||20 May 1992|
|Class and type:||Floréal-class frigate|
|Displacement:||2600 tonnes (2950 tonnes full load)|
|Length:||93.5 m (307 ft)|
|Beam:||14 metres (46 ft)|
|Draught:||4.4 m (14 ft)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Range:||10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph), 13,000 nautical miles (24,000 km; 15,000 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats & landing |
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried:||1 Panther helicopter|
She was built in the beginning of the 1990s by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire. She is currently based in Tahiti. Although categorised as a surveillance ship, she is armed with two anti-ship Exocet missiles and a 100 mm gun. She is also furbished with 35 extra berths for marines.
- Stevens, David (2007). Strength Through Diversity: The Combined Naval Role in Operation Stabilise (PDF). Working Papers. 20. Canberra: Sea Power Centre - Australia. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-642-29676-4. ISSN 1834-7231. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2010.