Two days ago, a first steel cut ceremony in the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyards in Saint-Nazaire , marking the start of construction for the four future Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Forces (BRF), Force Replenishment Ships. These new generation tankers will enable the French Navy to renew its logistics fleet, essential for the conduct of long-term operations. The total cost of the program is estimated at € 1.7 billion for all four ships.
These four BRFs will form the Jacques Chevallier class, named after the naval engineer behind the first French nuclear-powered ships , and will have to be delivered between 2022 and 2029. They will then be the first military ships built in Saint-Nazaire in ten years, the last having been the BPC helicopter carriers initially planned for Russia and finally bought by Egypt. It seems that Saint-Nazaire will build military ships for a fairly long period, since the Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly, during the cutting ceremony, announced that the Chantiers de l'Atlantique will subsequently build the next generation aircraft carrier (PANG). Intended to replace Charles de Gaulle, PANG should be launched around 2036.
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