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Thursday, May 28, 2020 

The first steel plate for the first of the new Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force (BRF) – replenishment vessels – for the French Navy's FLOTLOG programme has been cut in the machining workshop of Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

The order for the construction of four ships was placed in January 2019 with an alliance formed by Chantiers de l'Atlantique and Naval Group. Deliveries are scheduled from end 2022 to 2029. This order for the French Navy is part of a Franco-Italian programme between the French Defence Procurement Agency and its Italian counterpart NAVARM.

The ships are 194m long and are equipped to accommodate up to 190 personnel, including 60 passengers. The mission of the BRF vessels, each of 14,870 dwt (13,000m3 capacity), will be to provide logistical support to combat vessels of the French Navy. The BRF ships will carry fuel, ammunition, spare parts and food etc. 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, flagship of the group naval air force.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique is carrying out design and the construction of the four ships, and undertaking integration and the implementation of the embedded systems.

"We are at the very start of a new industrial story, which will feature once again our know how in design, building and integration of cutting edge technologies”, said Laurent Castaing, GM Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “This is also an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our complementarity of our businesses with those of our partner Naval Group”.

Naval Group is responsible for the design, development and integration of the military systems. The combat system of the four ships, whose architecture is based on Naval Group's Polaris Combat Management System, enables protection against close threats and the fight against asymmetric threats.

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