Chantiers de l’Atlantique to Start Construction of French Navy’s Chevallier-Class Replenishment Tanker

A first steel cut ceremony took place in presence of French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, and the Chief of Staff of the French Navy, Admiral Prazuck, at the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. This ceremony symbolically marked the start of construction for the first BRF replenishment tanker of the “Logistics Fleet” (FLOTLOG) program.

This day is important for our armies, for the French Navy and for our defense industry. Our three current tankers will be replaced by four double-hull vessels to protect the oceans from any oil incident. We will need this excellence that has made you known worldwide because it is here, in Saint-Nazaire, that the new generation aircraft carrier will be built which will replace the Charles de Gaulle in 2038.

Florence Parly

It was revealed that the first-in-class ship will be named after Jacques Chevallier, famous for his work in the field of nuclear propulsion. This engineer designed the nuclear propulsion system of the first class of French SSBNs.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Naval Group were awarded a contract for the construction of four supply vessels in January 2019. The vessels are set to be delivered between the end of 2022 and 2029.

It is part of a Franco-Italian program led by OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement – Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation), on behalf of the French defense procurement agency (DGA) and its Italian counterpart NAVARM. As such, the design of the French BRF design is based on the Italian Navy LSS (Vulcano-class) designed by Fincantieri.

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