La Fayette has a length of 125m, beam is 15.4m, draft is 4.1m, full load displacement is 3,800 tons.

With more than 86 warships of all kinds, along with a constantly expanding navy, France is ranked as the country with the strongest potential in Europe, even surpassing the Royal Navy. Contributing to the strength of the French Navy is the La Fayette class frigate, with the number of 5 ships with a full load displacement of 3,800 tons.

The La Fayette class was started in the late 1980s, the French Navy was interested in frigates to adapt to low-intensity conflicts in the post-Cold War era. The ships were to serve in the large French exclusive economic zone, be adapted to humanitarian operations or low-intensity operations in support of land troops.

La Fayette-class
La Fayette-class

The first ship was eventually launched in 1992, two years after the final design was completed. Weapon system testing took place in 1994, and particularly extensive trials were undertaken to prove the structure of the ship under a wide range of conditions. La Fayette was eventually commissioned in March 1996.

La Fayette has a length of 125m, beam is 15.4m, draft is 4.1m, full load displacement is 3,800 tons. At the time of their commissioning, the units of the La Fayette class were the state of the art in stealth for warships. The shape of the hull and the superstructures is devised for the optimal reduction of the radar signature. Stealth is achieved with inclined flanks, as few vertical lines as possible, and very clean lines and superstructures. The superstructures are built using radar-absorbent synthetic materials.

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