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Ouragan-class landing platform dock

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The Ouragan class (Hurricane) was a series of French landing platform docks operated by the Marine Nationale. They were designated Transport de chalands de débarquement (TCD) (in English: landing craft transport) in French service. The Ouragan class was the first series of landing platform docks designed and constructed by France. The two ships entered service in the late 1960s and both ships saw service in the Pacific Ocean as part of the French nuclear programme. They were initially intended to be replaced by the s in the 1990s. However, due to delays, they were kept in service until they were replaced by the s in the 2000s. A possible sale to Argentina fell through after concerns of asbestos arose. Both ships were taken out of service in 2007 and were scrapped in Belgium in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Background In the immediate post-World War II era, the French Navy acquired a series of American and British amphibious warfare ships. This was done in order to gain knowle
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