French Navy upgrade and discussion

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The French Navy is evaluating a Norwegian underwater drone for its future deep-sea operations concepts


In October 2021, i.e. a few months before the presentation of the Ministry of the Armed Forces' strategy for the seabed [for which a budget of 2.9 million euros has been earmarked in the 2022 finance law], the French Navy evaluated the ECA Group's A18D submarine drone during a mission of the Metropolitan assistance and support ship [BSAM, for Bâtiment de Soutien et d'assistance Métropolitain] Rhône.

One of the challenges of this evaluation was to prepare the CHOF programme [future hydrographic and oceanographic capability], which should lead to the replacement of the hydrographic vessels Lapérouse, Borda and Laplace by two new units by 2025/27.

During this mission of the BSAM Rhône, the A18D drone was used for high-resolution mapping of the relief and seabed to a depth of 3,000 metres, in rather difficult sea conditions.


However, when she unveiled the strategy for controlling the seabed last February, Florence Parly, now ex-Minister of the Armed Forces, announced that she had just decided to equip the French Navy with "resources capable of reaching a depth of 6,000 metres". This, she explained, would make it possible to "cover 97% of the seabed and effectively protect our interests, including the submarine cables, the keystone of telecommunications and the Internet".

In any case, and still with the intention of preparing the CHOF programme, the French Navy is currently evaluating the Hugin underwater drone from the hydrographic and oceanographic vessel [BHO] Beautemps-Beaupré.

Developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg, this autonomous underwater drone has an autonomy of 100 hours [while sailing at 4 knots]. It is equipped with a synthetic aperture sonar [or side scan sonar], a camera and a multi-beam echo sounder. Most importantly, it can descend to a depth of 6000 metres.

This "exploratory approach allows us to confront our current know-how with the technological challenges of tomorrow", particularly with regard to the future hydrographic vessels of the CHOF programme, explains the French Navy.

For its Chief of Staff, Admiral Pierre Vandier, it is also a question of "testing future concepts of operations on the seabed". He added: "This concrete and pragmatic approach to innovation allows us to design the future performance of hydrographic and oceanographic vessels. From their design stage, these vessels will integrate all the requirements linked to the use of drones.
La Marine nationale évalue un drone sous-marin norvégien pour ses futurs concepts d'opérations dans les abysses - Zone Militaire
 
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Following Mission Marianne (France's 7 month-long deployment of one SSN to the Indo-Pacific) the Marine Nationale has announced the ending of Mission Confiance (6 month-long deployment to the Indian Ocean). Both illustrate France's commitment to the world east of Suez.

Both deployments were backed by a Loire-class auxiliary. These are not as exciting as SSN and destroyers but essential nonetheless when performing long-range deployments, even when the Marine Nationale can count on the goodwill of local partners and allies.

Interestingly, the crew of the submarine was replaced by a fresh one halfway through Operation Confiance during a stopover at Goa, 🇮🇳. (Operation Marianne did very much the same thing, but in Guam, 🇺🇸). Speaks highly of the quality of France's strat. partnership with India.

How sustainable these deployments are when FR only operates 5 (soon to be 4) SSN and while Europe's maritime marches are increasingly volatile is hard to assess. But the fleet availability will only improve with the intro. of all 6 Suffren-class SSN into active service, in 2030.


 
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Light armaments for a Frigate, only 16 VLS? French Navy trying to follow Indian Navy by under arming the vessels ?
i have read: in the event that additional equipment budgets are approved by the policy, DGA (french drdo) has asked industry to provide a rough costing to reinforce some existing/planned capabilities, including those vessels.

It was asked in particular to study several possibilities of reinforcement of the armament:
1. Addition of 16 MDCN (naval cruise missiles; Sylver A70 launchers)
2. Addition of 16 ASTER 15/30 missiles (Sylver A50 launchers)
3. Addition of VL-MICA-NG missiles (a priori 16 individual launchers)

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Light armaments for a Frigate, only 16 VLS? French Navy trying to follow Indian Navy by under arming the vessels ?
It's been a long-standing problem. Navy wants to hulls in numbers, budget doesn't follow, so the hulls are FFBNW and under-armed. Doesn't help that a large part of the budget goes into the SSBN and their missiles. The surface fleet as a result gets to make the cuts that cannot be asked of the submarine fleet.
 
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La poisse (is French for misfortune)

MINISTRY OF THE ARMY
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PRESS RELEASE
Toulon, September 26 2022

Intervention on the SNA Perle - Update n°2

The intervention of specialised teams on board the nuclear attack submarine (SNA) Perle has enabled
extinguished the fire.
The rapid intervention allowed the event to be contained within the room where it had broken out,
Pumping of the extinguishing and cooling water was then undertaken.
This phase allowed for more in-depth investigations inside the Pearl to be carried out in order to
to ensure that there were no residual hot spots. The fire was declared extinguished at 9.19 pm and the
The fire was declared out at 21:19 and the internal emergency plan (IEP) was terminated.
As a precautionary measure, the submarine remains under surveillance by the intervention teams.
Reminder of the facts:
On 26 September 2022, at 12:42 pm, while undergoing long-term maintenance at the Toulon naval base, a fire
broke out on board the nuclear attack submarine Perle. In accordance with procedures and as a preventive measure, the
(PUI) of the Toulon naval base site was activated.
No injuries were reported and no radiological risk is to be feared.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
 

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Fire on the submarine "Perle" linked to a weld

It was a "welding job" that triggered the burning of a heat insulating coating in a food storage room of the nuclear attack submarine Perle, which was the victim of a fire on 26 September, the maritime prefect for the Mediterranean, Gilles Boidevezi, explained to the sailor the following day.

The previous day, the fire lasted for almost nine hours before being declared out. The room is located under the crew's cafeteria, and therefore "did not have" any impact on the hull of the forward part, that of the Saphir which had been joined to the rear of the Pearl, which remained intact after the first fire on 12 June 2020. According to the Navy, which had activated its internal emergency plan (IEP) as a precaution, there was no leak. Vice-Admiral Gilles Boidevezi believes that the adjustments linked to the feedback from the first fire have been validated with this new incident, with a better reactivity of the fire brigade, made possible in particular by a better watch and a pre-positioning of equipment on the submarine docks.

At this stage, the impact of this new incident on the Pearl's release date, scheduled for January 2023, is not known.
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