DCNS Gowind Class OPV

By Keith Henderson at July 21, 2011 07:59
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In a self funded project, the first Gowind Class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), L'Adroit was named last month and is currently being fitted out at STX France in L’Orient. Completion is planned for later this year and after sea trials will be made available to the French Navy for operational trials lasting three years.

Caption: DCNS’ L’Androit Gowind Class OPV
Image credit: DCNS

Previously known as the Hermes Class, the French DCNS group offers the Gowind Class of multi purpose corvette sized warships for maritime safety and security missions ranging from counter piracy and terrorism to the policing and interdiction of all forms of trafficking. The Gowind class covers four corvette designs with lengths from 280 ft to 345 ft (85 m to 105 m) and displacement from 1,100 to 2,500 tonnes.

L'Adroit is designed to have three weeks blue-water endurance, her maximum speed is 21 kn and range at a cruising speed of 12 kn is 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 km). Incorporated in the design is full provision for reduced crewing with a complement of 30. The OPV can accommodate an organic helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as accommodation for 30 additional passengers e.g. marines / special forces.

Displacing 1,450 tonnes the L’Adroit and has an LOA of 285 ft (87 m), beam: of 36 ft (11.0 m) and draft of 10.8 ft (3.3 m). The Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD) propulsion system includes water-jets for improved maneuverability in shallow waters and high-speed performance. Propulsive power is provided by twin Anglo Belgian Corporation 12VDZ-1000 diesel engines each rated at 2.800 kW (3,750 hp) at 1,000 rpm.

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