France and Australia Consolidate Their Alliance With the Launch of Suffren

July 24, 2019 – Delegations and representatives from friendly States met in Cherbourg on July 12 at the launching ceremony of Suffren, first of class new-generation nuclear attack submarine in the Barracuda family. Linda Reynolds, the Minister for Defence of the Commonwealth of Australia, was the guest of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and came on a two-day visit that included a meeting with Florence Parly, the French Defence Minister. The subjects discussed included ways of strengthening the defence bilateral relationship, especially in the Indo Pacific. Reynolds also met the…

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Naval Group Launches First Barracuda Class SSN

July 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – On July 12 2019, during a ceremony presided over by the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, Naval Group launched the Suffren, the first of six nuclear submarines of the latest generation in Cherbourg. This event is a key step for the Barracuda program for the benefit of the French Navy. Hervé Guillou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Naval Group, said: “We are proud to have presented to the President of the French Republic the first submarine of the Barracuda-class, a symbol of our…

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Saphir Arrives at Cherbourg for Scrapping

July 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – Designed in the 1970s, the construction of nuclear attack submarine (SNA) was then a real challenge: to integrate a nuclear boiler on a submarine of 2500 tons. To build the smallest nuclear submarine in the world, the effort has focused mainly on nuclear propulsion. Their commissioning, in the 1980s, is a real revolution within the submarine forces by bringing an autonomy to the sea limited by the only capacity of transport of food (45 days). A few years later, there is the need to…

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IHM Stefanini Participates in the Construction of the First Brazilian Nuclear Submarine

June 4, 2019 – IHM Stefanini is participating in the construction of Brazil’s first nuclear submarine, the SN-Álvaro Alberto. The project is part of the PROSUB (Submarine Development Program), established in 2008 by the Brazilian Federal Government through a technology transfer agreement signed between France and Brazil. Naval Group, a world reference in naval defense whose main shareholder is the French government, will coordinate the project. After a two-year long, rigorous process that consisted of the thorough analysis of technical expertise and ability to manage high-complexity project management of over…

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Three Russian Submarines Surface Through Arctic Ice

June 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Project 885 lead multirole nuclear-powered submarine and two Project 667BDRM strategic subs practiced surfacing in open water patches amid Arctic ice during drills in May, the press office of Russia’s Northern Fleet reported on Monday. “The underwater nuclear-powered missile cruisers Tula, Novomoskovsk and Severodvinsk were involved in performing missions under the Arctic Ocean’s ice. The submariners practiced a whole range of under-ice sailing tasks, including the search for an open water patch in the designated area and surfacing through ice,” the press office…

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Leslie Controls Awarded Contract for Virginia-Class Submarine Valves

December 4, 2018 – Leslie Controls, a CIRCOR International brand, and a worldwide manufacturer of valves for the power generation, industrial, marine and oil and gas markets for over a century, announces that it has been awarded a $5.65 million-dollar contract to provide valves to the United States Navy for ten Block V Virginia-class submarines. With authorization to begin material acquisition immediately, the schedule calls for delivering two shipsets worth of equipment each year for the next five years. Leslie Controls’ early procurement strategies for material consolidation will aid the…

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National Museum of the Royal Navy marks 50 years since Britain’s first at-sea nuclear deterrent

A new exhibition will open at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport on 15 June to mark 50 years since Britain’s first at-sea nuclear deterrent. “Silent & Secret” will explore the history of the British nuclear at-sea deterrent and reveal the challenging nature of working in these submarines. The exhibition will highlight the experiences of those men who served and give an insight into life on board the “Silent & Secret” Polaris submarines. Visitors will be able to hear stories and see documents and personal possessions of those who…

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HMS Agincourt Ordered

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson today announced the Ministry of Defence is investing a massive £2.5 billion in boosting Britain’s submarine building projects. Speaking at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria, the home of British submarine construction, he announced £960 million worth of contracts have been signed to ramp up the next phase of construction for the UK’s four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines. He also announced that the Ministry of Defence has signed a £1.5 billion contract to build a seventh Astute hunter-killer submarine for the Royal Navy, before revealing that the…

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