The Tonnerre, from the French marines, in Halifax

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The Tonnerre, from the French marines, in Halifax

OTTAWA, April 18, 2007 – The Tonnerre, jewel of the French navy, will do a routine call in Halifax from April 23rd to 27th, 2007. Being an assault helicopter carrier, this ship benefited from significant technological evolutions. This vessel of the French National Navy is the result of a program that oversaw the development of two new amphibious ships, which were created to address the multiplication of international crises and the need to project intervention or evacuation efforts of citizens from a conflict zone.

The versatility of the Tonnerre offers many operational possibilities in terms of its equipment: amphibious operations, transport, hospital on top of the line technology, a projection and command post. It can carry up to 60 vehicles, 16 helicopters, and 4,000 people. It measures 199 meters long, and has a crew of 160 men.

This is its first stop on its journey, which will bring it to Norfolk (USA) next where trials will be held with the vision of a collaboration with the US Navy.

Captain of the vessel Philippe Hello will be available to members of the media who wish to visit the ship, on Monday 23 April, between 3.30 and 5.30pm by appointment only.

Information :

- In Ottawa :
Jean-Christophe Fleury, Press Counsellor ,
Fax : 613 562-3704

- In Moncton :
Michèle Dehouve, Press Attaché,
Fax : 506 858 8169

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