Farewell Jeanne d’Arc
As a young man growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s, obsessed with all things nautical, this one of the last examples of traditional European cruiser design was always impressive to me. I also think France’s Jeanne d’Arc, launched in 1964 and a contemporary with the original Italian Andrea Doria helicopter cruisers, an interesting transition to the through deck light carriers more popular today.
Mainly used for training purposes, she was also a well equipped vessel for war packing quite a punch, as Global Security reveals:
Of 182 meters length and with a displacement of 12,000 tons, the “Jeanne d’Arc” is propelled by four boilers supplying two turbines with vapor, and can reach a speed of 28 knots (50 km/h). Its armament initially consists of its capacity of carrying of helicopters of all types, which constitute its true system of weapons. The “Jeanne d’Arc” also has six Exocet sea-to-sea missile launchers (offensive armament antI – ships). The two triple Exocet missiles are fitted on the deck in front of the bridge. The four turrets with 100 mm guns are used for self-defence anti-air and anti-surface. Other equipment includes a sonar (detection anti- underwater and torpedoes) as well as electronic warfare equipment (detection and identification of the electromagnetic emissions).
A French blogger, Mike Colombaro, of Combat Fleet of the World blog reports that the veteran cruiser/trainer is currently on its final mission headed for a May 2010 decommission. From Mike we get the ship’s schedule:
Casablanca (Morocco) from 7 to 12 December
– Dakar (Senegal) from 18 to 23 December)
– Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from January 4 to 9
– Buenos Aires (Argentina) for Jeanne d’arc of January 15 to 20
– Montevideo (Uruguay) for the Courbet of January 15 to 20
– Ushuaia (Argentina) 27 and January 28
– Valparaiso (Chile) from February 4 to 9
– Callao (Peru) from February 15 to 20
– Balboa (Panama) February 26
– Cartagena (Colombia) from 1 to March 6
– Fort-de-France (Martinique) for Jeanne d’Arc of March 16 to 23
– Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) for Courbet’s March 16 to 23
– New York (USA) March 31 to April 5
– Quebec (Canada) from April 12 to 18
– Saint-Pierre (St. Pierre and Miquelon) from April 21 to 23
– La Coruna (Spain) from 1 to May 3
– Hamburg (Germany) from May 14 to 19
– Rouen (France) from May 22 to 26
– Back to Brest May 27 .
So long and farewell to a proud ship, providing years of excellent service for a still great Navy!