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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French Navy Hydrographic Service Experimenting with Drones

November 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – The waters under French jurisdiction covering a total of nearly 11 million km² (with the extensions of the continental shelf in force), France has the 2nd largest maritime domain in the world. In order to assert its sovereignty over its waters, respect its commitments under the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) convention, protect…

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Lieutenant de Vaisseau Le Henaff Decommissioned

August 1, 2020 (Google Translation) – The withdrawal from active service of Lieutenant (Navy) Le Hénaff is an opportunity to pay tribute to this building, which served France for 41 years and to the man who gave it its name. Yves Le Hénaff was born on October 23, 1914 in Penhars in Finistère. After the Naval School in 1934 and…

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Exercise GABIAN 20.2 Concludes in the Mediterranean Sea

June 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – From 15 to 19 June 2020, a new GABIAN 20.2 exercise bringing together 9 surface vessels as well as the 22F , 31F , 35F , 36F flotillas and the 22S squadron was held in the Mediterranean Sea. Among them were the multi-mission frigates (FREMM) Provence and the Italian frigate Margottini , the command…

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French SSBN Temeraire Test Fires M51 ICBM

June 16, 2020 (Google Translation) – On June 12, 2020, off the tip of Penmarch (Finistère), the nuclear-powered vehicle submarine (SNLE) Le Téméraire launched a strategic ballistic missile M51. This test was carried out without nuclear charge and in strict compliance with France’s international commitments. 5 th shooting M51 from a SSBN, this milestone validates adaptation M51 SNLE the Bold…

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