On January 11, we learned by the local press that the anti-submarine frigate Latouche-Tréville had suffered significant damage on its main mast, forcing it to return to port. Having sailed from Brest just a few days earlier, the frigate would have faced particularly degraded weather conditions, with winds of nearly 120km / h and troughs exceeding 7m. The top of its mast would then have unhooked, and would have struck in its fall one of the two satellite antennas Syracuse III, as well as the decoy launcher Dagaie. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.
The Latouche-Tréville is one of the last two F70 ASM type frigates in service, and the most recent of the seven ships ordered by the French Navy in the 1970s under the class designation Georges Leygues. Last July, the frigate returned from a five-month deployment having led it to make seven stopovers on three continents, and to cross two oceans to participate in ten major interallied exercises. After the withdrawal of the Primauguet in 2019 and that expected in the coming months from La Motte-Picquet, the Latouche-Tréville will be the last frigate of this type to sail. Its disarmament is expected for 2021, all the AS70 FXNUMXs being replaced by the six FREMMs with ASM vocation of the Aquitaine class.
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