FR Durance class

Support Ship


Support Ship Durance class

Replenishment oiler or fleet tanker designed and built in France.


7600light (tn)
17900full load (tn)
157.20length (m)
21.20beam (m)
8.65draught (m)
10000range (nm)
19max speed (knots)

2Naval Engine diesel - SEMT Pielstick

helicopter   Aircraft

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


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

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19771997FRFrench NavyA629Durance
1999-- AR Argentine Navy B-1 ARA Patagonia
1980--FRFrench NavyA607MeuseFCMU
1983--FRFrench NavyA608Var FBVA
1984--SARoyal Saudi NavyBoreida
1984--SARoyal Saudi NavyYunbu
1986--AURANAOR 304HMAS SuccessVLNN - 304
1987--FRFrench NavyA630MarneFBMA
1990--FRFrench NavyA631SommeFBSO

8 units


1973-dec-12Laid downLaid down FR A629 Durance
1975-sep-06LaunchedLaunched FR A629 Durance
1977CommissionedCommissioned FR A629 Durance
1977-jun-02Laid downLaid down FR A607 Meuse
1978-dec-02LaunchedLaunched FR A607 Meuse
1979-may-08Laid downLaid down FR A608 Var
1980-aug-09Laid downLaid down AU AOR 304 HMAS Success
1980-nov-21CommissionedCommissioned FR A607 Meuse
1981-may-09LaunchedLaunched FR A608 Var
1982-aug-04Laid downLaid down FR A630 Marne
1983-jan-29CommissionedCommissioned FR A608 Var
1984-mar-03LaunchedLaunched AU AOR 304 HMAS Success
1985-feb-02LaunchedLaunched FR A630 Marne
1985-may-03Laid downLaid down FR A631 Somme
1986-apr-23CommissionedCommissioned AU AOR 304 HMAS Success at Pyrmont, NSW
1986-oct-04 AU AOR 304 HMAS Success Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN Present at 75th anniversary of the RAN Fleet Review.
1987-jan-16CommissionedCommissioned FR A630 Marne
1987-oct-03LaunchedLaunched FR A631 Somme
1990-mar-07CommissionedCommissioned FR A631 Somme
1997-dec-05DecommissionedDecommissioned FR A629 Durance
1998-nov-03Port VisitPort Visit AU AOR 304 HMAS Success at Station Pier, with Ships Flt Sea King Mk 50A N16-125 / 910 embarked.
1999-jul-12Fate: transferedFate: transfered FR A629 Durance to Argentina as ARA Patagonia
1999-jul-12CommissionedCommissioned AR B-1 ARA Patagonia began overhaul
2000-jul-09 AR B-1 ARA Patagonia join the fleet
2004-mar-16Port VisitPort Visit AU AOR 304 HMAS Success arrived Wellington, NZ for goodwill visit
2004-jun-29DeploymentDeployment AU AOR 304 HMAS Success RIMPAC 04 Participated in RIMPAC 04 exercise with HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Parramata
2005-jun-24DeploymentDeployment FR A607 Meuse Fleet Review: Trafalgar 200 Present at Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, off Mother Bank anchorage
2005-jul-01Port VisitPort Visit FR A607 Meuse Present at International Festival of the Sea 2005, Portsmouth
2010-jun-12HomeportHomeport FR A630 Marne Toulon
2013-apr-26Port VisitPort Visit FR A630 Marne on completion of Exercise Joint Warrior, visited Dublin and departed 29 Apr
2013-oct-03Port VisitPort Visit AU AOR 304 HMAS Success International Fleet Review Sydney 2013 Present at 100th anniversary of the RAN Fleet Review
2015-aprDeploymentDeployment AU AOR 304 HMAS Success Combined Task Force 150 Maritime Security operations in the Arabian Sea, as part of CTF-150.
2015-apr-19DeploymentDeployment FR 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-mayDeploymentDeployment FR A608 Var Combined Task Force 150 operating in Indian Ocean with HMS Richmond
2015-jun-05DeploymentDeployment FR A631 Somme BALTOPS 15 deployed to Baltic Sea for BALTOPS 2015.
2015-octDeploymentDeployment FR A631 Somme Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 participated in multi-national NATO Maritime Command exercise, until Nov 2015
2016-sepDeploymentDeployment FR A630 Marne Opération Chammal Part of French Carrier Group against ISIS
2016-sep-12DeploymentDeployment AU AOR 304 HMAS Success Exercise Kakadu 16 Supporting Ex Kakadu 16
2019-feb-26DeploymentDeployment FR A608 Var Dynamic Manta 2019
2019-aprDeploymentDeployment AU AOR 304 HMAS Success AUSINDEX 2019 Apr 2019, supporting AUSINDEX 2019
2022-jun-14DeploymentDeployment FR A631 Somme Operation Corymbe deployed to Mission Corymbe, from mid Jun.

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