French Ship Tonnerre Passes Interoperability Tests With U.S. Navy

The Mistral type is a class of amphibious assault ship of the French Navy, capable of deploying 16 NH90 or Tigre, or 35 A?rospatiale Gazelle helicopters. They have amphibious capabilities, and carry four landing barges and 70 vehicles, including a 13-tank strong Leclerc Company. They also have a fully capable 69-bed hospital.

Two ships of the class are in service in the French Navy : the Mistral and the Tonnerre.

The French amphibious assault ship Tonnerre proved the French ship can land, launch and communicate with U.S. Navy helicopters and LCACs during a three-day trial
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