It has a deck area of 5,200 sq. M. It can carry up to 16 NH90 helicopters and 100 armored vehicles. It is 200 meters long. It has a mini hospital. And it can accommodate up to 500 people.
This is the amphibious assault ship “Dixmude” of the French Navy, which sailed to Piraeus. In the following days, it will participate in the multinational, inter-branch exercise of Greece – France – United States of America, under the name “GREAT ALEXANDER-2020”. The exercise will take place from 27 January to 08 February 2020, in the wider area of Magnesia and the Aegean.
For the first time, France is bringing such an impressive warship, not just to anchor in a Greek port, but to take part in an important multinational exercise organized by the Greek Armed Forces. The French have been strengthening their defense presence in Greece for the last two years and, as indications show, they are seeking to further strengthen Greek-French relations.
The phrase of the French ambassador to Athens, Patrick Maisonnave , who gave a press conference on board, on Monday, “Dixmude’s presence” aims to reassure our Greek friends,” says it all. And he made it clear by sending a message to Turkey that “our aim has always been to stand by Greece – as in the 10 years of the crisis so that its sovereign rights are respected.”
Dixmude (L9015) is an amphibious assault ship, a type of helicopter carrier, of the French Navy. She is the third vessel to bear the name, and is the third ship of the Mistral class.
Dixmude was delivered to the French defence procurement agency on 3 January 2012, three months ahead of schedule.
Class and type: Mistral-class amphibious assault ship
16,500 t (empty)
21,300 t (full load)
32,300 t (with ballast)
Length: 199 m (653 ft)
Beam: 32 m (105 ft)
Draught: 6.3 m (21 ft)
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 16V32 (4 × 6.2 MW (8,300 hp))
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; two Rolls-Royce Mermaid azimuth thrusters (2 × 7 MW (9,400 hp)) with 5-bladed fixed pitch propellers
Speed: 18.8 knots (34.8 km/h; 21.6 mph)
5,800 nautical miles (10,800 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
10,700 nautical miles (19,800 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 2 barges, one Leclerc battalion, 70 vehicles
80 petty officers
450 passengers (900 for a short cruise)
150-man operational headquarter
2 × Simbad surface-to-air missile systems
2 × 30 mm Breda-Mauser autocannons
4 × 12.7 mm M2-HB Browning machine guns
Aircraft carried: 16 heavy or 35 light helicopters