List of active French Navy ships

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Naval ensign of France
Detail of Forbin, a modern frigate of the French Navy. The faceted appearance reduces radar cross-section for stealth.

This is a list of active French Navy ships currently in service. Complete and correct as of January 2016.[1][2][3]

The French Navy consists of the 84 vessel strong Force d'action navale (Naval action force) and the 10 submarines of the Forces sous-marines (Submarine force). Primary assets include 1 aircraft carrier, 3 amphibious assault ships, 4 air-defence destroyers, 7 anti-submarine destroyers, 5 multi-role frigates, and 6 light surveillance frigates. The submarine force consists of 6 fleet submarines and 4 ballistic missile submarines. To support the Force d'Action Navale at sea, the French Navy uses 3 light replenishment oilers, 18 mine countermeasure vessels and 6 support ships. In addition to the above units, it operates 20 patrol ships, 5 survey vessels, 4 experimentation ships, 8 ocean tugboats and 14 training vessels.

The French Navy does not use the term "destroyer"; thus, some large ships of the first rank (like Horizon) are named "frigates", though they are registered as destroyers (with hull numbers "Dxxx").

Forces sous-marines (Submarines)[edit]

Main article: Forces sous-marines

All submarines of the French Navy are nuclear-powered submarines.

Class Picture Type Boats Displacement Note
Submarines (10 in Service)
Triomphant class Temeraire1048.jpg Ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) S616 Triomphant
S617 Téméraire
S618 Vigilant
S619 Terrible
14,335 tonnes
Rubis class Rubis class. Fleet submarine (SSN) S601 Rubis
S602 Saphir
S603 Casabianca
S604 Émeraude
S605 Améthyste
S606 Perle
2,660 tonnes To be replaced by Suffren class from 2017.

Bâtiments de combat (Warships)[edit]

Main article: Force d'action navale

Aircraft carriers[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Aircraft carriers (1 in Service)
Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Fleet carrier R91 Charles de Gaulle 42,000 tonnes Homeport Toulon. To be inactive in 2017-2018 due to overhaul.[4]

Amphibious warfare ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Amphibious assault ships (3 in Service)
Mistral class Mistral Projection and Command vessel. Landing helicopter dock L9013 Mistral
L9014 Tonnerre
L9015 Dixmude
21,000 tonnes
Amphibious support ships (2 in Service)
BATRAL-class landing ship BATRAL Jacques Cartier Tank landing ship L9032 Dumont D'Urville
L9034 La Grandière
1,330 tonnes To be replaced by four ships of D'Entrecasteaux class from 2016.[5]

Note: In addition to the above vessels, the French Navy maintain a fleet of 20 landing craft that operate from and conjugation with the Mistral-class amphibious warfare ships.[6] See; List of active landing craft of the French Navy

Surface combatants[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Destroyers (11 in Service)
Horizon class Forbin during an exercise, in 2009 Air-defence destroyer D620 Forbin
D621 Chevalier Paul
7,050 tonnes
Aquitaine class Aquitaine Anti-submarine destroyer D650 Aquitaine
D652 Provence [7]
6,000 tonnes Six more to be built. Four anti-submarine variants, and two air-defence variants.
Cassard class FS Jean Bart 1.jpg Air-defence destroyer D614 Cassard
D615 Jean Bart
4,500 tonnes Planned to be replaced by two Aquitaine class air-defence variants.
Georges Leygues class Latouche-Tréville at sea Anti-submarine destroyer D642 Montcalm
D643 Jean de Vienne
D644 Primauguet
D645 La Motte Picquet
D646 Latouche-Tréville
4,500 tonnes Planned to be replaced by four Aquitaine class anti-submarine variants.
Frigates (11 in Service)
La Fayette class La Fayette-class frigate. Multi-role frigate F710 La Fayette
F711 Surcouf
F712 Courbet
F713 Aconit
F714 Guépratte
3,600 tonnes
Floréal class Floréal-class frigate. Light surveillance frigate F730 Floréal
F731 Prairial
F732 Nivôse
F733 Ventôse
F734 Vendémiaire
F735 Germinal
2,950 tonnes

Mine countermeasure vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Mine countermeasure vessels (18 in Service)
Éridan class Verseau, Éridan-class minesweeper. Minehunter M641 Éridan
M642 Cassiopée
M643 Andromède
M644 Pégase
M645 Orion
M646 Croix du sud
M647 Aigle
M648 Lyre
M650 Sagittaire
M652 Céphée
M653 Capricorne
615 tonnes
Vulcain class A613 Achéron. Support vessel M611 Vulcain
A613 Achéron
M614 Styx
M622 Pluton
490 tonnes For use by clearance divers.
Antarès class M770 Antarès. Sonar towing vessel M770 Antarès
M771 Altaïr
M772 Aldébaran
340 tonnes

Patrol vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Patrol vessels (20 in Service)
Gowind class French Navy offshore patrol ship P725 Adroit Offshore patrol ship P725 Adroit 1,450 tonnes On lease to the French Navy until July 2016.[8]
French patrol ship Le Malin (P701) moored in Concarneau harbour.jpg Patrol boat P701 Malin 1,300 tonnes An ex-trawler.
D'Estienne d'Orves class D'Estienne d'Orves-class aviso. Offshore patrol ship F789 Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff
F790 Lieutenant de vaisseau Lavallée
F791 Commandant L'Herminier
F792 Premier-Maître L'Her
F793 Commandant Blaison
F794 Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet
F795 Commandant Ducuing
F796 Commandant Birot
F797 Commandant Bouan
1,250 tonnes Entered service as avisos (light corvettes).
Lapérouse class Arago-class patrol ship. Patrol boat P675 Arago 980 tonnes An ex hydrographic survey vessel.
Patrol boat P740 Fulmar 550 tonnes An ex-trawler.
L'Audacieuse class Tapageuse-01.jpg Patrol boat P684 La Capricieuse
P686 La Glorieuse
P687 La Gracieuse
P688 La Moqueuse
480 tonnes La Capricieuse and La Gracieuse based in French Guiana will be replaced by two new light patrol vessels in 2016-2017.[9]
Flamant class Flamant-class patrol ship. Patrol boat P676 Flamant
P677 Cormoran
P678 Pluvier
390 tonnes

Note: In addition to the above vessels, the Maritime Gendarmerie (coast guard of France) operate a number of patrol vessels. They fall under the command structure of the French Navy.

Bâtiments de soutien (Auxiliaries)[edit]

Command and Replenishment ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Command and Replenishment ships (3 in Service)
Durance class ARA Patagonia, former lead ship of the Durance class Replenishment oiler (light) A608 Var
A630 Marne
A631 Somme
17,900 tonnes

Experimentation ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Experimentation ships (5 in Service)
Monge Satellite and missile tracking A601 Monge 21,040 tonnes
Dupuy de Lôme Electromagnetic research A759 Dupuy de Lôme 3,600 tonnes On operations she serves in the role of signals intelligence.
Diving support A645 Alizé 1,600 tonnes In support of DGSE combat divers. Also used as an experimentation ship to test new equipment and diving procedures.
Record SNSM 2015 - Thetis (4).jpg Mine-warfare experimentation A785 Thétis 1,050 tonnes
Langevin recadré.jpg Sonar research vessel [10] Langevin 1,600 tonnes Chartered

Survey vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Survey vessels (5 in Service)
Pourquoi pas ? Oceanographic survey Pourquoi pas ? 6,600 tonnes Shared between IFREMER (55%) and the French navy (45%), manned by a civilian crew.[11]
Pourquoi pas ? Oceanographic survey A758 Beautemps-Beaupré 3,292 tonnes
Lapérouse class Borda Hydrographic survey A791 Lapérouse
A792 Borda
A793 Laplace
980 tonnes

Ocean tugboats[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Ocean tugboats (8 in Service)
UT515 class Abeille Liberté Oceangoing tug Abeille Bourbon
Abeille Liberté
4,000 tonnes Chartered
UT507 class Abeille Flandre Oceangoing tug Abeille Flandre
Abeille Languedoc
2,220 tonnes Chartered
RR4000 class Revi Tug supply vessel A635 Revi 1,450 tonnes To be retired in 2016.[12]
Malabar class Tenace Oceangoing tug A664 Malabar
A669 Tenace
1,440 tonnes To be replaced by new oceangoing support and assistance ships (BSAH-class) from 2018.[13]
RR2000 class Tug supply vessel A633 Taapé 510 tonnes To be replaced by BSAH-class from 2018.

Support vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Support vessels (6 in Service)
Jason Support, assistance and depollution vessel Ailette
Argonaute
Jason
Sapeur
2000-4000 tonnes Chartered
Chamois class Support vessel A768 Elan
A775 Gazelle
505 tonnes To be replaced by BSAH-class from 2018.

Training vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Training vessels (14 in Service)
Naval military training vessel Rebel [14] 2,900 tonnes Chartered
Naval military training vessel Partisan 2,340 tonnes Chartered
Léopard class Guépard Training vessel A748 Léopard
A749 Panthère
A750 Jaguar
A751 Lynx
A752 Guépard
A753 Chacal
A754 Tigre
A755 Lion
470 tonnes
Glycine class Glycine Training vessel A770 Glycine
A771 Églantine
295 tonnes Navigational training
Paimpolaise class Étoile Sail training vessel A649 Étoile
A650 Belle-Poule
275 tonnes Schooner

Other support ships[edit]

  • RPC12 type harbour and coastal tugboat

For a complete list of Bâtiments de soutien (Auxiliaries) see Bâtiments de soutien at the official Marine Nationale website.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Forces sous-marines" (in French). defense.gouv.fr. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Liste des bâtiments de combat de la Marine nationale par unité" (in French). defense.gouv.fr. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Liste des bâtiments de soutien par unité" (in French). defense.gouv.fr. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "DCNS et la marine préparent la modernisation du Charles de Gaulle", Mer et Marine, June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Le premier B2M poursuit ses essais avant son départ pour Nouméa". Mer et Marine. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Key defence figures 2013" (PDF) (in French). Defense.gouv.fr. 
  7. ^ "DCNS delivers FREMM frigate Provence to French Navy", DCNS, June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "L’Adroit débute son dernier déploiement sous pavillon français". Mer et Marine. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  9. ^ Lert, Frédéric (January 8, 2015). "France orders two Caribbean patrol vessels". IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  10. ^ [1] Compagnie Maritime Nantaise MN
  11. ^ Forces de surface - Les bâtiments hydrographiques et océanographiques , defense.gouv.fr, Retrieved 28 June 2014
  12. ^ "Restructurations 2016 du ministère de la Défense", "Ministère de la Défense", August 3, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "La commande des BSAH notifiée à Piriou et DCNS", "Mer et Marine", September 4, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Le nouveau navire plastron de la Marine nationale arrive à Toulon". Mer et Marine. Retrieved 2016-01-13. 

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