The Floréal class has a standard displacement of 2,600 tonnes and 3,000 tonnes at full load.
After the end of the cold war, the threat from the Soviet Union ceased, and so did European naval doctrine. The French Navy focused on protecting its economic zone and invested in the development and construction of a new class of light frigates for surveillance purposes – known as the Floreal class. A total of six frigates were built between 1990 and 1993, and are still in service today.
The Floréal class has a standard displacement of 2,600 tonnes and 3,000 tonnes at full load. The frigates measure 93.5 metres overall with a beam of 14 metres, and a draught of 4.3 m. Due to the frigates’ broad beams, they are equipped with fin stabilisers. The hull and superstructure are made of welded steel with transverse bulkheads.
The frigates are powered by a combined diesel and diesel system comprising four SEMT Pielstick 6 PA6 L280 BPC diesel engines, rated at 8,820 hp, driving two shafts. The Floréal-class frigates have a maximum speed of 20 knots and a range of 9,000 nautical miles at 15 knots.
At the stern is a helipad and a hangar. The frigates are capable of operating the embarked Eurocopter AS565 Panther up to sea state 5, and are capable of operating helicopters up to the size of the Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma. The vessels have a complement of 90 including the aircrew and officers and 24 marines with capacity for a further 13 personnel. The ships are equipped with improved medical facilities including a consultation room and hospital beds for use during humanitarian missions.