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Type, class: Large Anti-Submarine Frigate; Georges Leygues (F70 AS) class
Builder: Arsenal de Brest, Brittany, France
 
STATUS:
Laid down: September 16, 1974
Launched: December 17, 1976
Commissioned: December 10, 1979
Decommissioned: July 30, 2013
Fate: since November 2014 breakwater at Lanvéoc-Poulmic

   
Namesake: Georges Leygues (1856-1933)
Technical Data: see INFO > Georges Leygues (F70 AS) class Anti-Submarine Frigate

 
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FS Georges Leygues (D 640):
 
In 1981, Georges Leygues and the fleet escort Guépratte, cruising in front of an Allied fleet during training sessions, detected a Soviet submarine, which they chased for 19 hours. A rare instance of submarine warfare occurred, the Soviet submarine tried running at 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph) and diving under the sonar of Georges Leygues to try to avoid detection, before she was forced to surface, being formally identified as a Victor class submarine by the on-board Lynx.

The same year, Georges Leygues intervened when the Iranian ship Tabarzin was captured by a commando hostile to the new regime, and sailed to France. The commando reached France and requested political refugee status, while the ship was returned to Iran.

In 1987, France and Iran having broken off diplomatic relations, Georges Leygues escorted commercial ships in the Persian Gulf.

In 1992, Georges Leygues took part in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.

1993: Operation Balbuzard - Yugoslavia.

In 1999, she was partially modified to accommodate student officers, and started tending the cruiser Jeanne d'Arc in the context of the training voyages of the French Naval Academy. The same year, after catastrophic flooding occurred in Mozambique the two ships were re-routed to deliver humanitarian aid.

In early 2004, after the 2004 Haitian coup d'état, Jeanne d'Arc and Georges Leygues were re-routed to assist in the French intervention there. In December the same year, the two ships intervened in Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

In 2011, the frigate took part in the evacuation of the civilians from Tunisia.

Operations:
Operation Lancet: tracking of a Soviet submarines in May 1981
June 1982: naval review with the presence on board of the President of the Republic François Mitterrand
Olifant missions off Lebanon from 1982 to 1986
Operation Restore Hope from November 28 to December 18, 1992 off the coast of Somalia
Operation Balbuzard off Yugoslavia in 1993
Operation Sharp Guard NATO off Yugoslavia in 1994
2000: humanitarian operation in Mozambique following catastrophic floods
2005: humanitarian operation Beryx, after the devastating tsunami of December 2004 in the Indian Ocean
2011: Operation Harmattan

source: wikipedia
 
Georges Leygues (29 October 1856 - 2 September 1933)
 
... was a French politician of the Third Republic. During his time as Minister of Marine he worked with the navy's chief of staff Henri Salaun in unsuccessful attempts to gain naval re-armament priority for government funding over army rearmament such as the Maginot Line.
 
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