Construction of the First New Replenishment Vessel for the French Navy Begins at Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard
(Source: joint Chantiers de l’Atlantique / Naval Group release; issued May 18, 2020)
Adapted from the Italian Navy’s Vulcano-class fleet replenishment ships, the French Navy’s four BRF logistic support ships will displace 31,000 tonnes and be built in France in cooperation with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard group. (FR MoD image)
PARIS --- The first steel plate of the hull of the first of the four new Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force (BRF) - replenishment vessels - of the French Navy has been cut today during a ceremony held in the machining workshop of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, in presence of Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, and Admiral Prazuck, Chief of French Navy. This ceremony marked symbolically the start of the construction of the first vessel of the FLOTLOG program.

The order for the construction of the four ships was notified in January 2019 to the temporary association of companies 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 program led by OCCAR, on behalf of DGA, the French Defence Procurement Agency, and its Italian counterpart NAVARM.

The BRF with a capacity of 13 000 m3 have a mission of logistical support of the combat vessels of the French Navy. They carry fuel, ammunition, spare parts, as well as food for the vessels.

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 naval air force group.

Chantiers de l'Atlantique carries out the global design and the construction of the four ships, and ensures the 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”, states Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “This is also an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our complementarity of our businesses with those of our partner Naval Group”.

The French Navy chief of staff says the four replenishment ships will be named for naval engineers: Jacques Chevallier, Jacques Stosskopf, Émile Bertin et Gustave Zédé, and will be handed over to the French Navy in 2022, 2025, 2027 et 2029.


Naval Group is 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.

“Naval Group is proud to stand once again by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in the frame of this European program. This cooperation brings together the best civilian and naval expertise and will benefit our customers both on economic and operational aspects”, highlights Pierre-Eric Pommelet, Naval Group CEO.

Main Characteristics of the vessels:
-- Full loaded displacement: 31 000 tonnes
-- Overall length: 194 m
-- Overall width: 27.60 m
-- Crew capacity: 190 people, including 130 crew members and 60 passengers
-- Total deadweight: 14, 870 tonnes
-- Freight volume: 13,000 m3
-- Total installed capacity: 24 MW


With 150 years of expertise, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is one of the market leaders worldwide for the construction of highly complex ships and offshore installations, thanks to state-of-the-art industrial facilities and renowned expertise in designing, integrating, testing, and delivering turnkey maritime solutions.

Naval Group is the European leader in naval defence. As a systems integrator and prime contractor, the group designs, produces and supports submarines and surface ships. It also supplies services to shipyards and naval bases. The group reports revenues of 3.7 billion euros and has a workforce of 15,168 (data for 2019).

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Construction of the First Force Logistic Ship for the French Navy Begins at Chantiers de l’ Atlantique in Cooperation with Naval Group
(Source: Chantiers de l'Atlantique; issued May 18, 2020)
During a ceremony organized today in the presence of Madame Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, and Admiral Prazuck, Chief of the Naval Staff, the first steel for the first of the four Bâtiment Ravitailleur de Force (BRF) fleet logistic ships for the French Navy was cut in the Chantiers de l'Atlantique machine shop in Saint-Nazaire. This ceremony symbolically marks the start of construction of the first ship of the FLOTLOG Logistical Fleet program.

The order for the construction of the four ships was awarded in January 2019 to the temporary joint venture company formed by Chantiers de l'Atlantique and Naval Group, with deliveries to follow between the end of 2022 and of 2029. It is part of a Franco-Italian program led by OCCAr, on behalf of the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and NAVARM, its Italian counterpart.

The BRFs, with a liquid storage capacity of 13,000 m3, have a long-term logistical support mission for the ships deployed by the French Navy on the high seas, supplying them with fuels, ammunition, spare parts and food.

Compliant with international standards, the BRF will also have characteristics adapted to their specific missions of support of the carrier strike group, formed around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

Chantiers de l'Atlantique is responsible for the overall design and construction of the four ships. It is also responsible for the integration and assembly of the embedded systems.

"We are at the start of a new industrial history, which will once again demonstrate our know-how in all of our high-level design, shipbuilding and integration technologies," said Laurent Castaing, Managing Director from Chantiers de l'Atlantique. "It will also be a very good opportunity to illustrate the complementarity of our activities with those of our partner Naval Group".

Naval Group is responsible for designing, developing and integrating the ship's military systems. The combat system of the four ships, built around Naval Group's Polaris Combat Management System, provides protection against close-in threats and combats asymmetric threats.

"Naval Group is proud to once again be present alongside Chantiers de l Atlantique in this European program. This cooperation, which brings together the best expertise from the civil and military sectors, is beneficial both economically and operationally for our customers, "said Pierre-Eric Pommellet, Chairman and CEO of Naval Group.

Main characteristics of the BRF Fleet Supply Ships
-- Displacement at full load: 31,000 tonnes
-- Overall length: 194 m
-- Overall width: 27.60 m
-- Accommodation 130 crew members and up to 60 passengers
-- Fuel capacity: 13,000 m3
-- Total installed power: 24 MW

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