Tourville-class frigate

The F67 type, also known as the Tourville class was a class of large high-sea (blue water) destroyers of the French Navy specialised in anti-submarine warfare. They had anti-air and anti-surface capabilities.

Between 1994 and 1996, Tourville and De Grasse were refitted with the modern SLASM anti-submarine system, and active Very Low Frequency (VLF) sonar.

Destroyer De Grasse
De Grasse
Class overview
Name: Tourville class
Operators:  French Navy
Preceded by: Aconit
Succeeded by: Georges Leygues class
Completed: 3
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Length: 152.75 m (501 ft 2 in)
Beam: 15.80 m (51 ft 10 in)
Draught: 6.60 m (21 ft 8 in)
  • 2 × Rateau steam turbines, double reduction
  • 4 × multi-tubular boilers
  • 2 × fixed propellers
  • 58,000 shp (43,251 kW)
  • Fuel: Gazoil
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
  • 1,900 nmi (3,500 km; 2,200 mi) at 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
  • 4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)
  • 24 officers
  • 160 non-commissioned officers
  • 115 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • DRBV 51B surface sentry radar
  • DRBV 26A air sentry radar
  • DRBC 32D targeting radar
  • 2 × DRBN 34 navigation radars
  • DUBV 23 hull sonar
  • ETBF DSBV 62C sonar
  • DSBX 1 towed sonar
  • Syva torpedo alert system
  • SENIT 3 tactical data processing
  • SEAO/OPSMER combat decision-making system
  • HF, UHF, VHF and SHF liaison systems
  • Syracuse 2
  • Inmarsat
  • Link 11
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • ARBB 32 jammer
  • ARBR 16 radar interceptor
  • 2 × Syllex decoy launchers
  • Bubble belt
  • Anti-ship;
  • 6 × Exocet MM38 anti-ship missiles
  • Anti-submarine;
  • 2 × L5 torpedo launchers, 10 torpedoes on board (L5 mod 4)
  • Guns;
  • 2 × 100 mm turrets (1968 model)
  • 2 × 20 mm cannons
  • 4 × 12.7 mm machine guns
  • CIWS;
  • 1 × Crotale EDIR CIWS anti-air missiles (8 missiles on launcher, 16 in magazine)
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx WG13 anti-ship helicopters


Tourville 3
Close-up of the bow deck of Tourville; the 100 mm turret is clearly visible
The Crotale missile launcher

The ships are an enlarged version of the frigate Aconit. They have two shaft steam turbine machinery and a double hangar for two Lynx WG13 helicopters. They were the first ships fitted with the marine version of the Crotale surface-to-air missile system. A Malafon anti-submarine missile system was fitted when the ships were built but this was removed during refits in the late 1980s.

Optimized for anti-submarine warfare, and carrying towed as well as hull-mounted sonar arrays, the Tourvilles were typically placed in the destroyer category of warship and carry destroyer pennant numbers. Similar in many regards to the unmodified Spruance-class destroyers, they carried a similar combination of sensors, naval guns, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, aircraft and surface-to-air missiles. Additionally, they were well-regarded for their seakeeping, serving much of their careers in the Atlantic rather than with France's Mediterranean fleet.[1]


The three ships of the class, D612 De Grasse, D611 Duguay-Trouin and D610 Tourville, are named major figures from French naval history. De Grasse and Tourville were French admirals and Duguay-Trouin coming to fame as a privateer.

The three ships of the class were all constructed by Arsenal de Lorient.

Pennant number Ship Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Status
D610 Tourville 13 May 1972 21 June 1974 16 June 2011[2] Laid Up
D611 Duguay-Trouin 1 June 1973 17 September 1975 13 July 1999 Discarded, in use as a breakwater
D612 De Grasse 30 November 1974 1 October 1977 5 May 2013[3] Laid Up


  1. ^ "Global Tourville". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. ^ "La frégate Tourville prend sa retraite" [The frigate Tourville retires]. Mer et Marine (in French). 15 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  3. ^ "La frégate De Grasse retirée du service actif". Mer et Marine (in French). 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2014.


  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen & Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.

F67 may refer to:

F67 type frigate or Tourville-class frigate type, a class of large high-sea destroyers of the French Navy specialised in anti-submarine warfare

HMS Bedouin (F67), Tribal-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service in World War II

HMS Tyrian (F67), S-class destroyer built for the Royal Navy during the Second World War

French frigate De Grasse (D 612)

De Grasse is a F67 type large high-sea frigate of the French Marine Nationale specialised in anti-submarine warfare, though she also has anti-air and anti-surface capabilities. She is named after the 18th century admiral count François Joseph Paul de Grasse.

French frigate Duguay-Trouin (D 611)

Duguay-Trouin is a F67 type large high-sea frigate of the French Marine Nationale specialised in anti-submarine warfare, though it also has anti-air and anti-surface capabilities. She was the 10th French vessel named after the 17th century privateer René Duguay-Trouin.

She was decommissioned on 13 July 1999 and is used as a harbour wave-breaker protection.

She is now anchored at Terenez on the river Aulne.

French frigate Tourville (D 610)

Tourville is the lead ship of F67 type large high-sea frigates of the French Marine Nationale. The vessel is specialised in anti-submarine warfare, though it also has anti-air and anti-surface capabilities. She is named after the 17th century admiral Count Anne-Hilarion de Cotentin de Tourville.

Between 1994 and 1996, Tourville (and sister ship De Grasse) was refitted with the modern SLAMS anti-submarine system, an active Very Low Frequencies sonar.

French ship De Grasse

Three ships of the French Navy have borne the name De Grasse in honour of François Joseph Paul de Grasse:

De Grasse (1939), a requisitioned steamer

De Grasse (C610), an anti-aircraft cruiser (1946–1974)

De Grasse (D 612), a Tourville-class frigate, presently in service

French ship Duguay-Trouin

Twelve vessels of the French Navy have been named Duguay-Trouin in honour of René Duguay-Trouin.

Duguay-Trouin (1781–1793), a 74-gun ship of the line

Duguay Trouin (1793–1794) was the East Indiaman Princess Royal that the French captured in the Indian Ocean on 27 September 1793 and took into service as an ad hoc 36-gun frigate that they named Duguay Trouin; the British recaptured her on 5 May 1794.

Duguay-Trouin (1794–1795/6) was a tartane that the French Navy requisitioned in 1794 to serve as an aviso. The Navy renamed her Dangereuse in 1795 or 1796. The British Royal Navy captured her in 1799 and took her into service as HMS Dangereuse, but then sold her in 1801.

Duguay-Trouin (1795–1805), a 74-gun ship of the line; the Royal Navy captured her at the Battle of Trafalgar. The British renamed her HMS Implacable, and she was the oldest ship of the line after HMS Victory when she was scuttled in 1948

Duguay-Trouin (1813–1824), a 74-gun ship of the line

Duguay-Trouin (1854–1872), a 90-gun ship of the line

Duguay-Trouin (1873–1899), an ironclad cruiser

Duguay-Trouin (1900–1914), a training cruiser transformed into a hospital. The soldier-poet Rupert Brooke died aboard en route to the Dardanelles on 23 April 1915 at Trebuki Bay, Skyros

Duguay-Trouin (1923–1952), a light cruiser, lead ship of her class, which served with the Free French Forces

Duguay-Trouin, a Tourville-class frigate, decommissioned in 1999

A Barracuda-class submarine is scheduled to bear the nameSee also

Duguay-Trouin (French privateer)

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The Malafon was a large weapon, with each missile weighing 1,330 kg. As a result, it was only employed on larger vessels. It was typically used for medium- and long-range submarine targets, though it could have been used against surface ships.

The system was never used at war. It was declared obsolete in 1997. It was replaced by Westland Lynx helicopters using Mark 46 torpedoes.

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