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Chaland de débarquement d'infanterie et de chars

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The CDIC Rapière landing near Toulon on 24 September 2003
Class overview
Name: Chaland de débarquement d'infanterie et de chars (CDIC)
Builders: SFCN, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France
Preceded by: EDIC
In service: 1988–present
Completed: 2
Active: 1
Laid up: 1
General characteristics
Type: Landing ship tank
Length: 59.4 m (194 ft 11 in)
Beam: 11.9 m (39 ft 1 in)
Draught: 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Speed: 10.5 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Range: 1,000 nmi (1,900 km; 1,200 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Capacity: 350 t (340 long tons)
Troops: 230
Complement: 18

The Chalands de débarquement d'infanterie et de chars (CDIC) are two landing craft that operate in the French Navy. They were designed to operate from landing platform dock ships such as the  Foudre class, or for coastal support. The two ships of the class, Rapière and Hallebarde, entered service in 1988 and 1989 respectively and were initially named CDIC 9061 and CDIC 9062 before receiving their new names in 1997. In 2011 Rapière was among a package of four ships sold to the Chilean Navy and renamed Canave.

Design and description

The CDIC landing craft were improved versions of the Engin de débarquement d'infanterie et de chars (EDIC) vessels that had been constructed from the 1950s to the 1980s.[1] They were designed to work with the  Foudre-class landing platform dock ships of the French Navy and take infantry and vehicles from the landing platforms to the shore.[2] The landing craft can also be used for coastal transport.,[3] The CDIC vessels have a standard displacement of 390 tonnes (380 long tons) and 760 tonnes (750 long tons) at full load. They are 59.4 metres (194 ft 11 in) long with a beam of 11.9 metres (39 ft 1 in) and a maximum draught of 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in). The two landing craft are powered by two SACM Uni Diesel UD 30 V12 M1 diesel engines driving two shafts rated at 890 kilowatts (1,200 hp). The CDIC have a maximum speed of 10.5 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) and a range of 1,000 nmi (1,900 km; 1,200 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph). The two ships have capacity for 350 t (340 long tons) of stores and room for 230 personnel. They have a complement of 18 including one officer. They mount two 20 mm modèle F2 guns and two 12.7 mm (0.5 in) machine guns. The wheelhouse can be lowered so that the vessels can dock more easily.[2]

Ships in class

Pennant no. Name Builder Commissioned Status
L 9061 Rapière SFCN, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France 28 July 1988 Sold to Chile in 2011, renamed Canave
L 9062 Hallebarde 2 March 1989 In service

Construction and career

Two CDIC ships were ordered for construction by SFCN at Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France, the same site as the last two EDIC vessels had been constructed. There had been more planned orders but delays with the Foudre class prevented any of them being placed.[1] Initially named CDIC 9061[3] and CDIC 9062,[4] the two landing craft were commissioned on 28 July 1988 and 2 March 1989.[2] They were given their new names of Rapière and Halleberde on 21 July 1997.[3][4] On 23 December 2011 Rapière was sold along with Foudre and CTM 19 and CTM 24 to the Chilean Navy.[5] Rapière was renamed Canave in Chilean service.[6] Beginning in 2013, Halleberde was used to supply the Île du Levant, an island in the Mediterranean Sea off Toulon. On 4 September 2014, Halleberde was taken out of service and placed in a state of ready reserve with the Amphibious Flotilla.[7]


  1. ^ a b Gardiner, Chumbley & Budzbon 1995, p. 126.
  2. ^ a b c d Saunders 2009, p. 265.
  3. ^ a b c "CDIC 9061-Rapière". (in French). Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "CDIC 9062-Hallebarde". (in French). Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  5. ^ Groizeleau, Vincent. "Les Chiliens prennent en main l'ex-CDIC Rapière" [The Chileans take charge of the former CDIC Rapière]. (in French). Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Nuevas capacidades al servicio de todos los chilenos" [New capabilities at the service of all Chileans]. (in Spanish). 21 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ "La Halleberde rejoint les rangs de la Flotille Amphibie" [The Hallebarde Rejoins the Ranks of the Amphibious Flotilla]. (in French). 5 September 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2019.


  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen & Budzbon, Przemysław, eds. (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.
  • Saunders, Stephen, ed. (2009). Jane's Fighting Ships 2009–2010 (112 ed.). Alexandria, Virginia: Jane's Information Group Inc. ISBN 978-0-7106-2888-6.

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