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  • FR Durance class

    Support Ship


    Support Ship Durance class

    Replenishment oiler or fleet tanker designed and built in France.


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    7600light (tn)
    17900full load (tn)
    157.20length (m)
    21.20beam (m)
    8.65draught (m)
    10000range (nm)
    19max speed (knots)
    2Naval Engine diesel - SEMT Pielstick


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        Typical Max
    FR French Navy Westland Lynx 11
    FR French Navy SNIA Alouette III 11
    AU RAN Westland Sea King 01
    AR Argentine Navy Sikorsky S-61 H-3 01

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    AU Cockatoo Island Dockyard - 2nm NW of Sydney1
    FR DCNS - Brest - 7

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    FRFrench NavyA629Durance19771997
    AR Argentine Navy B-1 ARA Patagonia 1999--
    FRFrench NavyA607MeuseFCMU1980--
    FRFrench NavyA608VarFBVA1983--
    SARoyal Saudi NavyBoreida1984--
    SARoyal Saudi NavyYunbu1984--
    AURANAOR 304HMAS SuccessVLNN - 3041986--
    FRFrench NavyA630MarneFBMA1987--
    FRFrench NavyA631SommeFBSO1990--

    8 units


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    1973-dec-12Laid downFR A629 Durance
    1975-sep-6LaunchedFR A629 Durance
    1977CommissionedFR A629 Durance
    1977-jun-2Laid downFR A607 Meuse
    1978-dec-2LaunchedFR A607 Meuse
    1979-may-8Laid downFR A608 Var
    1980-aug-9Laid downAU AOR 304 HMAS Success
    1980-nov-21CommissionedFR A607 Meuse
    1981-may-9LaunchedFR A608 Var
    1982-aug-4Laid downFR A630 Marne
    1983-jan-29CommissionedFR A608 Var
    1984-mar-3LaunchedAU AOR 304 HMAS Success
    1985-feb-2LaunchedFR A630 Marne
    1985-may-3Laid downFR A631 Somme
    1986-apr-23CommissionedAU AOR 304 HMAS Success at Pyrmont, NSW
    1986-oct-4AU AOR 304 HMAS Success Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN Present at 75th anniversary of the RAN Fleet Review.
    1987-jan-16CommissionedFR A630 Marne
    1987-oct-3LaunchedFR A631 Somme
    1990-mar-7CommissionedFR A631 Somme
    1997-dec-5DecommissionedFR A629 Durance
    1998-nov-3Port VisitAU AOR 304 HMAS Success at Station Pier, with Ships Flt Sea King Mk 50A N16-125 / 910 embarked.
    1999-jul-12Fate: transferedFR A629 Durance to Argentina as ARA Patagonia
    1999-jul-12CommissionedAR B-1 ARA Patagonia began overhaul
    2000-jul-9AR B-1 ARA Patagonia join the fleet
    2004-mar-16Port VisitAU AOR 304 HMAS Success arrived Wellington, NZ for goodwill visit
    2004-jun-29DeploymentAU AOR 304 HMAS Success RIMPAC 04 Participated in RIMPAC 04 exercise with HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Parramata
    2005-jun-24DeploymentFR A607 Meuse Fleet Review: Trafalgar 200 Present at Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, off Mother Bank anchorage
    2005-jul-1Port VisitFR A607 Meuse Present at International Festival of the Sea 2005, Portsmouth
    2010-jun-12HomeportFR A630 Marne Toulon
    2013-apr-26Port VisitFR A630 Marne on completion of Exercise Joint Warrior, visited Dublin and departed 29 Apr
    2013-oct-3Port VisitAU AOR 304 HMAS Success International Fleet Review Sydney 2013 Present at 100th anniversary of the RAN Fleet Review
    2015-aprDeploymentAU AOR 304 HMAS Success Combined Task Force 150 Maritime Security operations in the Arabian Sea, as part of CTF-150.
    2015-apr-19DeploymentFR A608 Var Combined Task Force 150 met with French warships operating in northern Arabian Gulf as part of Task Force TF473, including FS Jean de Vienne and FS Chevalier Paul.
    2015-mayDeploymentFR A608 Var Combined Task Force 150 operating in Indian Ocean with HMS Richmond
    2015-jun-5DeploymentFR A631 Somme BALTOPS 15 deployed to Baltic Sea for BALTOPS 2015.
    2015-octDeploymentFR A631 Somme Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 participated in multi-national NATO Maritime Command exercise, until Nov 2015
    2016-sepDeploymentFR A630 Marne Opération Chammal Part of French Carrier Group against ISIS
    2016-sep-12DeploymentAU AOR 304 HMAS Success Exercise Kakadu 16 Supporting Ex Kakadu 16
    2019-feb-26DeploymentFR A608 Var Dynamic Manta 2019
    2019-aprDeploymentAU AOR 304 HMAS Success AUSINDEX 2019 Apr 2019, supporting AUSINDEX 2019
    2022-jun-14DeploymentFR A631 Somme Operation Corymbe deployed to Mission Corymbe, from mid Jun.

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