Tonnerre (L9014)

Tonnerre visiting Kochi, India, in April, 2016. Indian Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Laid Down
2003
Launched
2005
Commissioned
2006
AD/BC
AD
History

Tonnerre (L9014) is a French amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier. Part of the Mistral-class, she was laid down in two parts, and joined before her launch on 26 July, 2005. Tonnerre commissioned in December, 2006, and has seen active service in support of French and United Nations forces, frequently around Africa. Major efforts have included humanitarian relief efforts in the wake of the Ivorian and Libyan Civil Wars, and drug busting in the Gulf of Guinea. In August, 2020, Tonnerre was one of the ships deployed to Beiruit for relief efforts after a massive ammonium nitrate explosion. Tonnerre can carry up to thirty-five helicopters, 900 troops, and seventy vehicles. Her defensive weapons are limited to man-portable Simbad/Mistral surface to air missiles, and 12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns. Cruise range is 12,300 miles.