PortandTerminal.com, June 5, 2019
The Monge is painted white instead of the usual grey to minimise the deformation of the ship’s shell under the heat of the sun – as very precise settings are necessary for her onboard radars to track missiles and satellites.
Brest, France – The unusual looking warship Monge is a unique missile range instrumentation ship of the French Navy dedicated to tracking and measuring rocket trajectories. Unparalleled in the world, it can track something as small as a coin that is moving hundreds of miles away.
The Monge is the largest vessel (in length) in the French Navy fleet following its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Built in 1990, the warship entered service in 1992 and is based in Brest, France.
The sophisticated vessel is 225 metres long and displaces 21,040 tons. The crew numbers 200, fifty of which women and eighty are engineers, technicians and computer experts. If the navy were a classroom full of students, The Monge would be the tech geek in the room.
Given the extreme precision in the tests and measurements involved, “our instruments have minuscule error margins; for that reason, the vessel is totally white thus helping to reflect light and further improve the capacity of the optical instruments”, said the French captain of the Monge during an interview.
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