Mission Jeanne d’Arc Trains With Royal Australian Navy in South China Sea

May 26, 2021 (Google Translation) – From 23 to 24 May, the buildings of the JEANNE D’ARC (JDA) mission, the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre and the La Fayette (FLF) Surcouf type frigate , carried out a joint navigation with the frigate Parramatta of the Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea. The Tonnerre and Surcouf crews carried out…

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French, Japanese & US Navies Build Logistics Networ, Strengthen Relationships

May 24, 2021 – Combined logistics planning by the French Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy culminated in ships from each country exercising its ability to sustain each other at sea. Throughout May, the French Navy’s Jeanne d’Arc amphibious task group conducted replenishments-at-sea with the U.S. Navy and JMSDF in separate events that the three…

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Airbus Helicopters Drones for French Navy

April 16, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) notifies the order of a second aerial drone prototype of the marine aerial drone system (SDAM) to the companies Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters. The SDAM, an on-board tactical drone, is intended for French Navy ships equipped with a flight deck. Once operational, this “drone-helicopter” will be a…

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Thales Scorpion Helmet Sight Tested for French Navy Rafales

March 15, 2021 (Google Translation) – At the end of January 2021, the DGA Flight Tests center of expertise carried out compatibility tests on the Thales Scorpion * helmet sight on the Cazaux site (Gironde) with the parachute evacuation of a Rafale pilot. This test campaign is part of the process of integrating this equipment on the Rafale to the…

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French Navy Orders Drones for Hydrographic Work

February 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) has ordered mini aerial drones from the Survey Copter company for the French Navy. Called system of airborne mini-drones on board for the Navy (SMDM), these contact drones will equip patrol vessels and frigates. This order, for an amount of 19.7 million euros, includes the acquisition of the…

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Merre Shipyard Building Eight Dive Tenders for French Navy

February 1, 2020 (Google Translation) – Beginning of 2021, Merré shipyard has begun the production of the first Diving Support Vessel for French Navy. The first aluminium plate cutting took place the fouth of January 2021 with the deck plate in order to start building the hull upside down in the Merré workshop in Nort-sur-Erdre. As a reminder, Merre shipyard…

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Thales to Begin Phase Two of Maritime Mine Counter Measures Program

November 26, 2020 – Following the first phase of the program in which two demonstrators have successfully proven their operational performances at sea, France and the United Kingdom marked the tenth anniversary of the Lancaster House treaties by signing a joint contract for Thales to start the production phase of MMCM to deliver eight unmanned mine hunting systems (four for…

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