Built as a frigate by Lorient Naval Dockyard, Lorient for the French Navy.
06 July 1992 laid down.
03 July 1993 launched as the SURCOUF (F711) (one of the La Fayette class.
Displacement: 3,200 ton standard, 3,600 ton full load. Dim. 124.2 x 15.4 x 4.8m. (draught), length bpp. 115.0m.
Propulsion: 4 diesel SEMT Pielstick 12PA6V280 STC2, 21000 hp (15 400 kW), Speed: 25 knots
Range: 7,000 nautical miles at 15 knots, 9000 at 12 knots.
Armament: Anti-ship; 8 × Exocet MM40 block II anti-ship missiles, Guns: 1 × 100 mm TR automatic gun, 2 × 20 mm modèle F2 guns, Anti-aircraft: 1 × Crotale CN2 launcher (8 missiles on the launcher with 16 reload), (Provision for future 16 × Aster 15 missiles in VLS).
Aircraft carried: 1 × helicopter (Panther or NH90).
Crew: 12 officers and 68 non-commissioned officers, 61 men.
07 February 1997 commissioned.
SURCOUF (F711) is a La Fayette-class frigate of the French Navy. She was laid down at Lorient Naval Dockyard on 6 July 1992, launched 3 July 1993, and commissioned May 1996.
Since her commission, SURCOUF has taken part in numerous missions, notably in Operation Antilope (Gabon and Congo), Operation Trident (Kosovo) and Mission Khor Anga in the Djibouti zone.
On 14 May 2001, SURCOUF rendered assistance to Marc Guillemot, skipper of Biscuits LA TRINITAINE-TEAM ETHYPHARM, who had to abandon his ship after her starboard hull was seriously damaged. The catamaran's crew of five were airlifted to safety by helicopter.
On 14 October 2004, SURCOUF assisted SARA 2, a Panamanian cargo ship which ran aground near Yemen. The 16-man crew was successfully airlifted by the Panther helicopter, and later transferred from the frigate to the Yemeni coast guard.
Between 17–21 May 2008, SURCOUF participated in Exercise KhunjarHaad, a multi-national exercise held in the Gulf of Oman. Other participating warships included the American destroyer USS RUSSELL, the British frigate HMS MONTROSE, the British fleet replenishment tanker RFA WAVE KNIGHT and four other coalition ships conducted air defense; surface warfare operation; visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS); and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency.
In November 2012 FS SURCOUF deployed to the Horn of Africa as part of the European Union's Naval Operation in the area. A British Lynx HMA.8 helicopter of 815 Squadron was on board for the whole four-month deployment, along with 12 personnel including 2 Royal Marine snipers. This was the first extended deployment of a Royal Navy helicopter on a French warship and is the result of a recent treaty between the United Kingdom and France to share military resources and conduct more joint operations.
Honours and awards: Flies the FFL jack in honour of the submarine SURCOUF,
Fate: 2019 In active service
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