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DRUMMOND corvettes (1978-1981)

Drummond 1980

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Drummond (ex-Good Hope) P1, 1985- P31 DCN, Lorient, France 12/3/1976 5/3/1977 25/9/1978 in service (2017)
Guerrico (ex-Transvaal) P2, 1985- P32 DCN, Lorient, France 1/10/1976 13/8/1977 10/1978 in service (2017)
Granville P3, 1985- P33 DCN, Lorient, France 1/12/1978 28/6/1980 22/6/1981 in service (2017)

Displacement standard, t

1100

Displacement full, t

1250

Length, m

76.0 pp 80.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.3

Draught, m

3.55 hull 5.25 sonar

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 SEMT-Pielstick 12PC 2V400 diesels

Power, h. p.

12000

Max speed, kts

24

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)

4500(15)

Armament

1, 2: 4 x 1 MM38 Exocet SSM (4 MM38), 1 x 1 - 100/55 Mle 68, 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 x 3 - 324 ILAS-3 TT

3: 4 x 1 MM38 Exocet SSM (4 MM38), 1 x 1 - 100/55 Mle 68, 1 x 2 - 70/40 Breda-Bofors Compact Twin 40, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 x 3 - 324 ILAS-3 TT

Sensors

1, 2: DRBV-51A, Decca 202, DRBC-32E radars, 2x Panda Mk 2 e/o director, Diodon sonar, DR-2000S3, Alligator 51 ECM suites, 2x Syllex decoy RL, MINIACO C31 CCS

3: DRBV-51A, Decca 202, DRBC-32E radars, Panda Mk 2, Naja Mk 2 e/o directors, Diodon sonar, DR-2000S3, Alligator 51 ECM suites, 2x Dagaie decoy RL, MINIACO C31 CCS

Complement

95

Ship project history: Good Hope and Transvaal were originally built for South Africa, but delivery was embargoed. They were purchased by Argentina on 25 September 1978. Drummond and Guerrico, the ex-South African units, were originally ordered for the French Navy as Lieutenant de Vaisseau le Henaff and Commandant I'Herminier.

Modernizations: 1980s, Guerrico; 1990s, Drummond: - 1 x 1 - 40/60, 1x Panda Mk 2 e/o director; + 1 x 2 - 40/70 Breda-Bofors Compact Twin 40, Naja Mk 2 e/o director

1980s, all: - Decca 202 radar; + Decca 1226 radar

2000s, all: - Decca 1226 radar; + Selesmar NavBat radar

Naval service: All three units were deployed extensively during the Falklands conflict. Guerrico supported the South Georgia operation on 3 April 1982. She was hit by Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket and heavy small arms fire. The hit was just below the Exocet launcher and the damage was modest.

Drummond 1980

Granville 2002

Ivan Gogin, 2017