After 4 years of construction, 3rd French frigate "Languedoc" join the Toulon navale base. [2048x 1151]


Probably to keep carefully the deck that is forward dry as possible, and keep water out from the missile hatches. You're probably right, but she's so high out from the water i'dn't think she'd be that wet ...



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  • Probably to keep the forward deck as dry as possible, and keep water out of the missile hatches.
  • You're probably right, but she's so high out of the water I wouldn't think she'd be that wet of a ship in normal seas.
  • It probably wasn't "normal" seas they were thinking of =]
  • Trust me, they'll get plenty wet.
  • No doubt! But they seem to be designed to mitigate that as far as might be possible.
  • My guess is that is that its simply enclosed to reduce radar signature. Its not like theres normally much up there that needs access anyway. looking at the bow of the Burkes its just anchor chains and mooring fixtures, stuff thats probably pretty radar reflective. Looks like all this stuff is kept below deck on this design
  • It's also a common design for ships operating in icy conditions - the fewer moving parts you have that can get locked up in ice , the better! Though since France doesn't have much in the way of northern territory, that may only be a secondary consideration.
  • Well they might expect to do something with NATO in the north Atlantic.
  • It's called an enclosed focsle, and you're very correct that part of the purpose is to reduce the RCS, but also because it's nominally safer to conduct seamanship evolutions undercover and out of the way of the weather.
  • because it looks so damn cool
  • It looks like it's just foreshortening in the photo. Looking at pictures of other ships in the class they are more balanced.
  • Something to do with the RCS I'm sure.
  • A fine-looking warship!
  • It took toulong to build.
  • Dad....
  • Yes, Petty Officer son?
  • As always I went straight to wikipedia for more. She doesn't have her own page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FREMM_multipurpose_frigate
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