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Jeanne d'Arc

Helicopter carrier

Jeanne d'Arc

The Jeanne d'Arc helicopter carrier is due to be decommissioned in the near future

Country of origin France
Entered service 1964
Crew and aircrew 627 men
Marines 700 - 800 men
Sea endurance 14 000 km at 15 knots
Dimensions and displacement
Length 182 m
Beam 24 m
Draught 7.5 m
Displacement, standard 10 575 tons
Displacement, full load 12 365 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 28 knots
Boilers 4 x 10 000 hp
Helicopters 4 - 8 x Super Frelon
Missiles 6 x Exocet anti-ship missile launchers
Artillery 2 x 100 mm guns


   The Jeanne d'Arc helicopter carrier is named after the French national heroine. It is the third vessel of the French Navy, which carries this name. The sole ship was commissioned in 1964. The main mission of this vessel was anti-submarine warfare, however in peacetime the Jeanne d'Arc was used as a training ship of the French Naval Academy and as a command ship. This helicopter carrier was decommissioned in 2010 and is due to be dismantled. Since 2006 the French Navy operates much more capable Mistral class warships.

   This helicopter carrier was laid down in 1959 as the Le Resolue. It was launched in 1961 and commissioned in 1964 as the Jeanne d'Arc. Sometimes it is regarded as a helicopter cruiser, as this ship has unusual design. Its forward part of the hull is similar to that of the Colbert light cruiser.

   This ship could carry up to 14 Super Frelon or lighter helicopters. Typically it carried a mix of utility Super Frelons and Super Pumas, as well as anti-submarine Dauphins and Lynxes. Two helicopters could take-off or land simultaneously. A helicopter hangar is located under the landing deck. This vessel is fitted with a single elevator, which has a 12 000 kg capacity and lifts the helicopters from hanger to the landing deck.

   The Jeanne d'Arc could also serve as a landing ship. In this role it could carry 700 - 800 marines. The first wave of troops could be delivered ashore by heavy transport helicopters.

   Armament of this ship also includes six Exocet anti-ship missile launchers, fitted in front of the bridge. Originally it had four 100 mm guns, however two of them were removed in 2000. These were used for self-defense against air and surface threats.

   The Janne d'Arc is propelled by four oil-fired boilers, developing 10 000 hp each. Vessel has a range of 14 000 km (7 500 nautical miles) at 15 knots or 5 400 km (3 000 nautical miles) at 26 knots.


Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
Jeanne d'Arc (R97) 1959 1961 1964

decommissioned in 2010




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