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PostPosted: 12 Mar 2008, 18:14 
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French Naval Training Squadron docks in Cape Town

The helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc (R97), accompanied by the anti-submarine warfare frigate Georges Leygues (D640) docked in Table Bay Harbour this morning.

The South African stopover is the sixth during the Training Squadrons six-month long Atlantic and Indian Ocean voyage. The main mission of the Jsquadron is to provide practical experience to cadets during their officer training course of four years.

The French Training Squadron for Naval Officers (Groupe École d'Application des Officiers de Marine, G.E.A.O.M.) took to the sea on 15 December 2007 from the port of Brest for its 43rd six-month mission. The Squadron has visited New York, Fort de France and Port of Spain in entral America, Salvation Islands off the coast of French Guiana, Rio and Luanda before arriving in Cape Town.

The Squadron will sail again on 19 March for the Comoros, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Djibouti, Suez, Instanbul, Barcelone and Casablanca before finally arriving back in Brest on 4 June 2008.

There are 124 cadets on board, amongst them 12 women, representing 16 nationalities including one South African: Sub-Lt Wilhelm Neuland. Neuland joined the Jeanne d'Arc in November 2007 and will remain with the ship until June.

Although no formal large-scale excersices are planned with the South African Navy (SAN), the Squadron is planned to conduct a one-day excersice with a SAN frigate.

The Jeanne d'Arc is commanded by Captain (N) Hervé Bléjean and the Georges Leygues by Commander Guillaume Chové.

The Jeanne d'Arc is 182m in length and has a top speed of 28 knots. There are two 100mm anti-air and anti-surface warfare guns on board, as well as six Exocet MM38 missiles. Also on board are two Alouette III (347 and 100)and two Army Gazelle (CWT and CXF) helicopters.

The Georges Leygues is a F70 type destroyer and was specifically designed for sea warfare. She joined the Training Squadron for Naval Officers in June 1999, and is presently deployed, alongside the Jeanne d'Arc to train cadet-officers. It has a length of 139m and carries L5 torpedoes, Simbad/Mistral missiles and Exocet MM38 missils on board. although capapble of carrying a Lynx, no helicopter is carried while conducting the training cruise.

Herewith a few photos:

Jeanne d'Arc (R97)
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Bridge of Jeanne d'Arc
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Georges Leygues (D640)
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Jeanne d'Arc flight deck
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Alouette III (347)
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Alouette III (347)
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Alouette III (347)
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Gazelle (CWT)
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Gazelle (CWT)
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Gazelle (CWT)
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Elevator to hanger
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Alouette and Gazelle in hanger
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Alouette III (100)
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Gazelle (CXF)
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Flight Deck Control Room
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Captains chair on the Bridge (Check the sign!)
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View ahead from the bridge
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View ahead
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PostPosted: 13 Mar 2008, 09:35 
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Wow, the Jeanne D'Arc must be 50 years old now...... she looks in great condition though. That'll be cause she is a training vessel with lots of students for scrubbing and painting!!


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PostPosted: 13 Mar 2008, 12:33 
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Any Public open day for these vessels ?

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PostPosted: 13 Mar 2008, 13:26 
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Wingwalker wrote:
Any Public open day for these vessels ?
Tnx


I asked that exact question and they said no. Sorry.


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PostPosted: 13 Mar 2008, 13:52 
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Thanks Dean... actually sad... was on that vessel many years ago....


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I think they might have a it of a rust problem...

I love the sign :D

Pity about it not being open to the public. Still.

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There is a rumour doing the rounds that a helicopter carrier is quite high on the SAN's wishlist.
It would make quite a lot of sense if the "revival" of a Marines unit is also on the cards. It would give the SANDF real "across the beach" capability.

If I were in charge of such a development 8) (and money no problem LOL!) I would transfer 22Sqdn to the Navy and make it a composite helicopter squadron with Lynx (we need more than one per frigate), Oryx and BK117's. The BK117 is preferred over the Agusta 109 for over water ops due to its twin engines with real single engine flyability (at low altitudes of course), unlike many others where flying on one engine after a failure only serves to take you to the scene of the accident.

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That sign is BRILLIANT :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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