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First French FlotLog Force Supply Vessel Departs

BRF Jacques Chevallier [© Naval Group]

The first French FlotLog programme Force Supply Vessel (BRF – Bâtiment Ravitailleur de Forces) left Saint-Nazaire to return to its home port.

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Press Release, Versailles, 20 March 2023: [auto-translated] On the night of March 18 to 19, 2023, the Jacques Chevallier, the first of the four force supply vessels (BRF – Bâtiment Ravitailleur de Forces) of the ‘Logistics Fleet’ programme (FlotLog) intended for the French Navy, left its construction port of Saint-Nazaire in order to begin a new phase of sea trials before heading to her future home port in Toulon.

After being put on hold in December 2021, being floated in April 2022 and the ceremony for the first raising of colours on March 3, 2023, the BRF Jacques Chevallier has taken a new step by leaving its builder port before being received by the Organisation Joint Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR), on behalf of the General Armaments Directorate (DGA), and its delivery to the French Navy in the summer of 2023.

The conduct of the ship will now be entrusted to a crew from the French Navy. In the short term, the ship will sail to Toulon, its future home port, where it will arrive at the end of March. This sea trial campaign is dedicated to the refuelling system at sea (supplied by Chantiers de l’Atlantique), and the combat and communication system (supplied by Naval Group).

The construction of the second BRF, Jacques Stosskopf, will begin in Saint-Nazaire in about a year, for delivery in 2025.

Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique declared: “ We are delighted with the excellent result obtained thanks to the good cooperation of our teams and those of our various partners. We are now going to continue this quality collaboration until the delivery of the ship in July in Toulon.”

Laurent Castaing praised the excellent result obtained thanks to the commitment of the teams and the good collaboration between the manufacturers, the DGA and the OCCAR. “The FlotLog programme is a great story of cooperation between European partners but also between industrial partners. The departure of the ship for its home port is an important milestone for the DGA, the French Navy, the Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Naval Group and all our industrial partners. We are proud to be part of this European programme and remain fully committed to providing the DGA and the French Navy with the best expertise in the civil and military sectors in the construction of high-tonnage vessels,” underlines Olivier de la Bourdonnaye, Buildings Director of surface of Naval Group.

BRF Jacques Chevallier [© Naval Group]

A multi-purpose vessel resulting from a strategic European industrial partnership serving the French Navy: As a reminder, the BRF Jacques Chevallier is the first of a series of four ships intended for the French Navy, the order of which was notified in January 2019 to the Momentary Group of Companies formed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Naval Group. The FlotLog programme is part of a Franco-Italian cooperation led by OCCAR on behalf of the DDGA and its Italian counterpart NAVARM.

Through their alliance, Naval Group and Chantiers de l’Atlantique are combining and multiplying their skills in order to offer the best of each of the two companies in the construction of ships of more than 8,000 tons, in the service of the French Navy. Equipped with a self-defence capability, the new series of BRFs is intended to replace the current oil tankers, with increased capacities and modern equipment in order to fully ensure the specific support missions of the carrier battle group, formed around the carrier. Charles de Gaulle aircraft, as well as any French or allied naval action group.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique is responsible for all of the design and construction of the four vessels and is responsible for the integration and assembly of the on-board systems. Naval Group is responsible for designing, developing and integrating the ship’s military systems, including the combat system, the systems contributing to the reception capacity of aircraft and the loading of ammunition and the centralized control system for the installations of the platform. The combat system of the four buildings notably allows the ships to deploy independently to their area of ​​operations, to provide protection against close threats and to lead the fight against asymmetric threats.

Technical characteristics :

  • full load displacement: 31,000 tonnes
  • overall length: 194m
  • overall width: 27.60m
  • accommodation: 190 people, including 130 crew members, an aeronautical detachment of 10 people, and 50 passengers
  • fuel carrying capacity: 13,000 m3
  • total installed power: 24 MW.

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