A digital drawing of the French frigate Georges Leygues class (FREMM)
The Georges Leygues Class of the French Navy, also known as the F70 ASM type, consists of seven frigates with an anti-submarine warfare capability.
The first units entered service in 1979 and the last in 1990; the first unit was decommissioned in 2013.
The ships are named Georges Leygues, Dupleix, Montcalm, Jean de Vienne, Primauguet, La Motte Picquet and Latouche-Tréville respectively.
The Georges Leygues class frigates herald major changes after the aviso-corters, thanks to the capabilities of the ASM Lynx helicopter.
This class forms the intermediate component of an ASW system alongside the two Tourville class frigates and the nine Jean Moulin class avisos.
139 metres long and weighing just over 4,800 tonnes, the F70s carry one 100 mm gun, two 30 mm guns, four MM40 missiles, 18 Crotales missiles, four Mistral ground/air missiles and the possibility of dropping torpedoes.
The power of their gas turbine propulsion allows them to reach speeds of 30 knots.
They were replaced in the 2010s by the Aquitaine Class (FREMM). Only the Latouche Tréville frigate is still in service in 2021 (and represented on this poster)
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