April 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Directorate General of Armament (DGA) has just received at the naval base of Toulon Seine , third building support and metropolitan assistance (BSAM) a program of four ships for the Navy.
After admission to the active service of the Loire in July 2018 and the Rhone in January, the Seine should be admitted to active service in 2019, after a long-term deployment.
This new building reinforces and modernizes the capabilities of the French Navy. Extremely versatile ship, the BSAM is designed to carry out three types of missions: support forces (towing of large tonnage vessels, support and support for submarines, training of forces …), maritime rescue (rescue at sea, assistance to ships in distress, fight against maritime pollution …) and tasks of easements for the benefit of the forces (towing machines, anchoring works and maintenance of the mooring boxes, lifting of wrecks …).
The delivery of the 4th and last BSAM, the Garonne , is also planned this year on the naval base of Brest.