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Designation: LPH
Length: 592 ft
Width: 80 ft
Beam: 72 ft
Displacement: 12,000 tons
Propulsion: 4 boilers, 2 shafts
Speed: 26 knots
Crew: 765
Airwing: 8 Rotary
- 4 DP 100mm guns
- 2 X 3 Exocet SSM
Elevators: 1
Ships in class: 1
R97 Jeanne d'Arc
The Jeanne d'Arc was commissioned in 1964 as a helicopter carrier, replacing a traditional cruiser of the same name. She has 100mm guns and Exocet SSM missiles forward and a large, spacious flight deck behind her superstructure for up to eight helicopters. It is thought that the Soviets took off from this design in the development of their Moskva helicopter carriers.

For many years she served French maritime needs, embarking helicopters for her missions, from ASW, to humanitarian, to combat, to showing the flag.

In 1999 she was designated as a training ship and has been serving in that capacity ever since.

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Jeff Head is an engineering consultant with many years experience in the power, defense, and computer industries. He currently works for the federal government helping maintain and protect regional infrastructure. He is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute, and is also the author of a self-published and best-selling series of military techno-thrillers called the Dragon's Fury that projects a fictional third world war arising out of current events. You can learn more about that series by clicking on the pictures of the novel covers below:


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