July xx, 2021 (Google Translation) – In June, the Directorate General for Armament (DGA) ordered seven new 10-ton class tug-pushers (RP 10) for the French Navy.
This order, worth more than 8 million euros, now brings the number of units ordered to 22, for a total target of 29 units.
These tug-pushers are participating in the renewal of the port resources of all the naval bases of the French Navy, provided for by the 2019-2025 military programming law.
The RP 10 will eventually replace 35 old port facilities with 4 to 10 tons of thrust. More powerful and compact than their predecessors, these 12-meter-long ships with a pulling capacity of 10 tons have major advantages. More ergonomic than their predecessors, they greatly improve the working conditions of their crews and are designed to maneuver the most modern military ships, such as multi-mission frigates (FREMM) and nuclear attack submarines (SNA) of type Suffren.
The RP10 market was notified by the DGA in December 2016 to the SEE Merré shipyard (Nort-sur-Erdre / Loire-Atlantique), which acts in cooperation with two other shipyards, Chaudronneries Industrielles de Bretagne (Brest / Finistère) and Mechanical Constructions of Normandy (Cherbourg / Manche).
Since the start of the year, the DGA has taken delivery of n ° 9, 10 and 11 of the series, assigned to Brest and Cherbourg. Four other RP10s are scheduled to be delivered in 2021, including two based in Papeete (French Polynesia) and two in Nouméa (New Caledonia).