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Launching of first French Logistic Support Ship Jacques Chevallier.

| 2022

According to a PR published by Naval Group on April 29, 2022, the first of the four force replenishment vessels (BRF - Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force in French) of the FLOTLOG program was launched in Saint-Nazaire.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Logistic Support Ship Jacques Chevallier, St Nazaire. (Picture source: Naval Group)

The Bâtiment Ravitailleur de Forces (BRF) Jacques Chevallier is the first of a series of four ships intended for the French Navy. The contract was awarded in January 2019 to Chantiers de l'Atlantique and Naval Group. The four vessels will be delivered successively until 2029.

The FlotLog program is part of Franco-Italian cooperation led by OCCAR on behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and its Italian counterpart NAVARM, within the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) program.

The first sea trials will start in the second half of 2022, with the delivery of the first unit scheduled for the first half of 2023.

The design and construction of the four ships of the FlotLog program is the result of successful industrial cooperation between Chantiers de l'Atlantique and Naval Group, driven by OCCAR, in close collaboration with the DGA and the French Navy.

Chantiers de l'Atlantique carries out the global design and the construction of the four ships and ensures the integration and implementation of the embedded systems. Naval Group is responsible for the design, development, and integration of the combat system and the systems destined to receive aircraft and embark on ammunition.

The BRFs, which will replace the French Navy's Durance-class ships, have a mission of logistical support of the combat vessels of the French Navy deployed as part of the naval air group or naval task groups.

With a capacity of 13,000 m3, they carry fuel, ammunition, spare parts, as well as food for the vessels. These tankers will also participate to support missions for inter-allied operations, underlining the need for interoperable equipment.

This new series of logistics fleet is equipped with self-defense capacities. The combat system of the four ships, whose architecture is based on Naval Group’s Combat Management System, ensures the protection against close threats and the fight against asymmetric surface and air threats.

In line with international standards, the BRFs will replace the current tankers with increased capabilities and modern equipment in order to support the aviation group constituted around the aircraft carrier.

The Jacques Chevallier, named after the naval engineer and father of French nuclear propulsion, will carry up to 31,000 tons at full load, making it the second heaviest ship in the French Navy, after the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. It will be based in Toulon.


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