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Jack Richardson

The first steel plate for the lead ship of France’s new replenishment vessels (Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force) was cut yesterday at a ceremony in the machining workshop of Chantiers de l’Atlantique in the presence of Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces and Admiral Prazuck, Chief of the French Navy.

The order of four ships for the French Navy, to be delivered between 2022 and 2029, is part of a Franco-Italian programme led by OCCAR, on behalf of France’s Defence Procurement Agency, the DGA, and NAVARM, its Italian counterpart.

The vessels will carry out logistical support for the combat vessels of the French Navy, for which they will have a capacity of 13,000 m3 to carry fuel, ammunition, spare parts and food. Compliant with international standards, their characteristics are adapted to their specific missions of support to the aviation group constituted around the aircraft carrier CHARLES DE GAULLE.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique carries out the global design and the construction of the four ships, ensuring the integration and implementation of the embedded systems as part of a temporary association of companies alongside Naval Group, who are responsible for the design, development and integration of the military systems of the platform. The combat system of the four ships, whose architecture is based on the Polaris Combat Management System of Naval Group, ensures the protection against close threats and the fight against asymmetric threats.