The Government of Chile completed negotiations with his French counterpart
for the acquisition of amphibious landing ship, Foudre LPD. This ship
would replace the Newport class Valdivia LST, retired from active duty
with the Navy of Chile on January 14, 2011, after 15 years of service.
French Navy operated two Foudre class ships, the Foudre (L9011), commissioned
in 1990 and the Siroco (L9012) commissioned in 1998, both built by DCNS.
The class is capable of landing a cavalry regiment of mechanized infantry
on unprepared coasts, serve as command ship, serve as a hospital ship
with 2 fully equipped operating rooms and 47 beds as well as assisting
in humanitarian relief missions , in which case it can accommodate up
to 1,600 people. Its endurance at sea is about 30 days.
(picture: French Navy)
ship returned to Toulon at the end of May following a 4-month deployment
to the western coast of Africa.
The Foudre has also been offered to the navies of Argentina and Brazil.
The class has a crew of about 200 sailors with facilities to accommodate
467 troops. The flight deck of the ship is 1450 square meters , with space
for 7 medium class helictopers (3 landing spots) and can 4 helicopters
in its hangar. Foudre class displaces 12,000 tons full load and has a
range of 11,000 nm at 15 knots.
deal is reported to amount around USD80 million.