FS Rhône Transits Northeast Passage

September 18, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, August 23, 2018, the BSAH Rhône left its base port, Brest, for a long-term deployment (DLD) to assess its military capabilities in cold water and hot water before admission to active duty. The second unit in a series of four buildings, the Rhone is intended to provide the Navy with towing and offshore support capabilities. The BSAH has circumnavigated the Northeast Passage (from the Norwegian Sea to the Bering Strait, through the Barents, Kara, Laptev, Eastern Siberia and Chukchi Seas). On September…

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Kership Delivers First BSAH

The ‘LOIRE’ offshore support and assistance building (BSAH), the first of four ships designed and built by KERSHIP, commissioned in 2015, has just been officially approved by the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) March 22, 2018. The delivery of the second unit, the BSAH ‘RHÔNE’, whose first command took place in Concarneau on March 23 is scheduled for the summer of 2018 and that of the 3rd and 4th units, ‘SEINE’ and ‘GARONNE’ early 2019. The success of this program for the French Navy is the result of an ambition…

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Future FS Rhone Launched in Concarneau

Following the notification by the French DGA (Defence Procurement Agency) of a program of four Offshore Support and Assistance Multipurpose Vessels, the second unit named ‘RHONE’ was launched in Concarneau today while its crew was attending. In the meantime the first BSAH ‘LOIRE’ is sailing towards home port in Toulon. Featuring a 70 metres length and a 2,600 tonnes full load displacement, the BSAHs can accommodate a crew of 17 and 12 extra personnel. They will be operated by the French Navy within the scope of armed forces and Law…

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