France orders four replenishment tankers from Naval Group

A consortium formed by Naval Group and Chantiers de l’Atlantique has received an order from the French government for four logistic support ships (LSS) for the country’s navy.

The consortium will also provide operational maintenance for six years for each of the four vessels.

The order is part of the Franco-Italian LSS programme led by the international Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (Organisation conjointe de cooperation en matière d’armement; OCCAR) on behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency and Italian counterpart NAVARM.

The delivery of the vessels will take place between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2029.

The tankers, each with a fuel capacity of 13,000 cubic metres, will provide logistical support to the French and allied navies by carrying fuel for vessels, jet fuel for aircraft, weapons and ammunition, spare parts, and food.

The design of the vessels will be based on the Fincantieri-built Italian LSS Vulcano, the first ship of the Franco-Italian LSS programme managed by OCCAR.

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