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Saturday, 19 September 2015

FLEETS #13: French Navy, Portuguese Navy and Finnish Navy in 2015 plus European Union naval forces!

Written by D-Mitch

This is the fourth article about various countries' navies in 2015. In these articles, I briefly describe a country's navy by reporting the ships in each type/category of warships and by giving a nice image where all the types of warships are illustrated and the units of its class are reported. I deliberately excluded many classes of auxiliary ships; those that they have "0" defence capacity and those that have secondary roles such as hydrographic survey ships, tugs, depollution vessels and training ships.





French Navy (Marine Nationale)

The French Navy in 2015 (updated for the end of 2016) consists of the following warships:
  • 1 nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (Charles De Gaulle)
  • 3 landing helicopter docks (Mistral, Tonnere, Dixmude)
  • 2 destroyers (Forbin, Chevalier Paul)
  • 16 frigates (Aquitaine, Provence, Languedoc, Auvergne, Cassard, Jean Bart, Montcalm, Jean de Vienne, Primauguet, La Motte Picquet, Latouche-Tréville, La Fayette, Surcouf, Courbet, Aconit, Guépratte)
  • 6 light frigates/corvettes (Floréal, Prairial, Nivôse, Ventôse, Vendémiaire, Germinal)
  • 4 nuclear-powered ballistic submarines (Le Triomphant, Le Téméraire, Le Vigilant, Le Terrible)
  • 6 nuclear-powered attack submarines (Rubis, Saphir, Casabianca, Émeraude, Améthyste, Perle)
  • 1 landing tank ship (Dumont D'Urville)
  • 9 offshore patrol vessels/former-corvettes (Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff, Lieutenant de vaisseau Lavallée, Commandant L'Herminier, Premier-Maître L'Her, Commandant Blaison, Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet, Commandant Ducuing, Commandant Birot, Commandant Bouan)
  • 1 experimental offshore patrol vessel (L'Adroit)
  • 10 patrol boats (La Capricieuse, La Glorieuse, La Gracieuse, La Moqueuse, Flamant, Cormoran, Pluvier, Arago, Malin, Fulmar)
  • 11 minehunters (Éridan, Cassiopée, Pégase, Orion, Croix du sud, Aigle, Lyre, Sagittaire, Céphée, Capricorne,Andromède)
  • 1 large mine countermeasure vessel/mine-warfare experimentation (Thétis)
  • mine countermeasure vessels/support (Vulcain, Achéron, Styx, Pluton, Antarès, Aldébaran,
    Altaïr
    )
  • 2 patrol coastal boats (Athos, Aramis)
  • 2 support/mine laying ships (Elan, Gazelle)
  • 3 replenishment and logistic support ships (Var, Marne, Somme)
  • 2 signals intelligence collection ships (Monge, Dupuy de Lôme)
  • 1 diving support/special operations ship (Alizé)
  • 2 multi-mission support/patrol vessels (D'Entrecasteaux, Bougainville)
  • 25 ASW/ASuWmaritime patrol aircrafts, 3 AEW&C aircrafts, about 60 fighters and more than 86 ASW/ASuW and Tactical Transport (TT) helicopters.
and several other auxiliaries such as hydrographic survey vessels, tugs and training ships.

French Navy in 2016. For a high resolution image click here.
  

Portuguese Navy (Portuguese: Marinha Portuguesa, also known as Marinha de Guerra Portuguesa or as Armada Portuguesa)

The Portuguese Navy in 2017 (updated) consists of the following warships:
  • 5 frigates (Bartolomeu Dias, Dom Francisco de Almeida, Vasco da Gama, Álvares Cabral, Corte-Real)
  • 2 submarines (Tridente, Arpão)
  • 6 offshore patrol vessels/former-corvettes (Baptista de Andrade, João Roby, Jacinto Cândido, António Enes, Viana do Castelo, Figueira da Foz)
  • 1 replenishment and logistic support ship (Bérrio)
  • 7 patrol boats (Tejo, Douro, Mondego, Guadiana, Cacine, Zaire, Cuanza)
  • 11 patrol coastal boats (Centauro, Orion, Pégaso, Sagitário, Argos, Dragão, Escorpião, Cassiopeia, Hidra, Águia, Cisne)
  • 1 river patrol boat (Rio Minho)
  • 1 landing craft (Bacamarte)
  • 1 buoy tender (Schultz Xavier)
  • 5 ASW helicopters
and various support, training and auxiliary vessels.

Portuguese Navy in 2017 (full fleet poster). For a high resolution image click here.


Finnish Navy (Finnish: Merivoimat, Swedish: Marinen)

The Finnish Navy in 2017 (updated) consists of the following warships:
  • 2 multi-mission minelayers (Hämeenmaa, Uusimaa)
  • 8 fast attack missile craft (Hamina, Tornio, Hanko, Pori, Rauma, Raahe, Porvoo, Naantali)
  • 3 minehunters (Katanpää, Purunpää, Vahterpää)
  • 3 minelayers/light cargo vessels (Pansio, Pyhäranta, Porkkala
  • 10 small mine-countermeasure vessels/minesweepers (Kuha 21, Kuha 23, Kuha 24, Kuha 26, Kiiski 1, Kiiski 3, Kiiski 4, Kiiski 5, Kiiski 6, Kiiski 7)
  • 3 cargo/transport vessels (Vaarlahti, Vänö, Kampela 3)
  • 1 multi-mission minelayer/light cargo vessel (Isku)
  • 1 multi-mission support ship (Louhi)
  • 2 landing craft/logistic support ships (Halli, Hylje)
  • 43 landing craft/patrol coastal boats
and various support, tugs, training and auxiliary vessels which during crisis time can perform various roles similarly to most of the Finnish naval vessels.

Finnish Navy in 2017 (full fleet depicted). For a high resolution image click here.


and a bonus FLEET!!!

Naval Forces of the European Union (EU)

The E.U Naval Forces in 2015 consists of the following number of warships based on this chart which I created in December of 2014 and that I have slightly updated:

European Union naval forces in 2015. For a high resolution image click here.
 Abbreviations:
  • CV,CVN,CVL - aircraft carriers (nuclear powered, light or regular)
  • LHD, LPH, LHA - amphibious warfare ships (for example the Mistral class landing helicopter docks)
  • AAW DDG, AAW FFG - anti-aircraft warfare destroyers and frigates
  • MM FFG - multi-mission frigates (frigates that are capable to perform any kind of role but not or only partly the AAW mission due to the absence or limited amount of the carried missiles respectively such as the Bergamini class)
  • FFL - light frigates and corvettes
  • LPD, LSD - landing platform dock ships
  • FACM - fast attack missile craft
  • MHC, MCM - mine countermeasure vessels such as minehunters and minesweepers
  • OPV - large and seaworthy patrol boats enough to patrol off-shore in the open ocean
  • LST - large landing tank ships
  • SSBN - nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines
  • SSK, SSN - attack submarines, nuclear and regular (diesel)

3 comments:

  1. Well I'm pleased to say you can soon remove the Royal Navy from your list of the Navy of the EU(SSR)

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    Replies
    1. That gives me the opportunity (and the reason) to create a new one. Thank you Ian!

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  2. I guess a new WEU (Western European Union) should be created...

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