Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the forward section of the first of four logistic support ships (LSS) ordered by Chantiers de l’Atlantique under the French Navy FLOTLOG program.
The FLOTLOG program involves the construction of four logistic support ships (LSS) for the French Navy ordered by the temporary consortium formed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Naval Group as part of the Italian-French LSS program.
The keel laying of the forward section of future Jacques Chevallier took place at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard in Italy in February this year.
With a capacity of 13,000 cbm, the newbuilds will provide logistical support to the combat vessels of the French Navy. They carry fuel, ammunition, spare parts, as well as food for the vessels.
Compliant with international standards, their characteristics are adapted to their specific missions of support to the aviation group constituted around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the flagship of the naval air force group.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique is in charge of the design and the construction of the four ships, ensuring the integration and the implementation of the embedded systems.
Naval Group is responsible for the design, development and integration of the military systems of the platform. The combat system of the four ships, whose architecture is based on the Polaris Combat Management System of Naval Group, ensures the protection against close threats and the fight against asymmetric threats.
The ships will be equipped with propulsion systems provided by US-based electrical engineering company GE Power Conversion.
The new ships will feature a length of 194 meters, a width of 27.6 meters and a of 31,000 tons. They will be able to accommodate 190 people, including 130 crew members and 60 passengers.
The 14,870 dwt LSSs will replace the French Navy’s single-hulled Durance-class replenishment ships which entered service in the 1970s and 80s.