On Monday 7 November, the primary defence and intervention frigate ordered by the French defence procurement company (DGA) and destined to the French Navy was floated out in Lorient. Named Amiral Ronarc’h, this frigate shall be delivered in 2024. The ceremony happened in presence of Sébastien Lecornu, French minister of the Armed Forces, and his Greek counterpart, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos. The primary sea trials will start in 2023 and the ship shall be delivered in 2024. The remaining 4 ships of the collection shall be delivered till 2030. Throughout this era, Naval Group may also produce three FDI frigates for the Hellenic Navy, with a fourth at present deliberate as an choice.

Throughout the ceremony, Pierre Eric Pommellet, CEO of Naval Group, stated: “We’re proud to be right here as we speak to mark this new milestone within the industrial manufacturing of the primary defence and intervention frigate for the French Navy. These newest era ships deliver collectively the perfect of French naval know-how. The Navies working them with profit from a high-performance, resilient ship, able to coping with threats which can be continuously evolving, thanks specifically to using essentially the most trendy digital applied sciences. Naval Group stays dedicated to providing its clients the perfect of its know-how, on the service of their sovereignty.”


To make sure the sustainability of those cutting-edge abilities within the service of naval applications, Naval Group promotes the recruitment of younger skills and has recruited virtually 500 work-study college students and over 1500 new staff for the reason that starting of the 12 months. The FDI program reinforces the technological lead of the French naval industrial base. This system helps employment within the shipbuilding trade all through France and, extra notably, in Lorient. At Naval Group, greater than 1,200 individuals are working full time on the programme with greater than 400 subcontractors. The FDI program entails a lot of French and Greek companions, together with Thales and MBDA.

The French Navy’s first FDI vessel Amiral Ronarc’h was launched at Naval Group’s facility in Lorient, France. (Picture by Naval Group))

Due to the investments made by Naval Group, the location of Lorient has a contemporary industrial infrastructure that permits it to fulfill the technical and technological challenges of designing and constructing naval vessels in collection. Due to this industrial organisation that optimises development occasions, Naval Group is ready to ship two ships per 12 months at its Lorient web site from 2025. To ship these frigates with the required navy efficiency, Naval Group mobilizes a variety of abilities. A few of them are very particular and uncommon and are sometimes the results of a protracted and even very lengthy acquisition: sheet steel carpenter, formator-straightener, hull welder, pipe fitter…

The FDI is a excessive sea vessel. Multipurpose and resilient, she is able to working, alone or inside a naval pressure. She presents capabilities for all sorts of warfare: anti-surface, anti-air, antisubmarine and in addition to for particular forces projection. Bringing collectively the perfect of French naval applied sciences on a compact platform, the FDI is a robust and modern frigate, designed to fulfill the evolution of threats. Designed and produced utilizing the most recent digital instruments, FDI is the primary frigate to profit from a digital structure that may permit her steady adaptation to technological and operational evolutions. Because of this, the FDI will be capable of tackle present and future threats and to deal with at all times extra knowledge.

The FDI would be the first French frigate natively protected towards cyber threats, with two knowledge facilities just about accommodating a fantastic a part of the ship functions. The FDI introduces the idea of a devoted system for uneven warfare. This technique will allow the coordination and conduct of the battle towards small and shut air and floor threats, together with booby trapped boats. Strongly armed (Exocet MM40 B3C anti-surface missiles, Aster anti-air missiles, MU90 antisubmarine torpedoes, artillery), the FDI is ready to embark concurrently a helicopter (10 tons class equivalent to NH90) or the longer term Joint Mild Helicopter and an unmanned aerial automobile (as much as 700kg). She will be able to additionally obtain a Particular Forces detachment with their two commando boats. They’re outfitted with the brand new era Seafire radar with 4 mounted panels, developed by Thales, which, mixed with the missile supply system, presents unmatched space defence capabilities.

The French Navy’s first FDI vessel Amiral Ronarc'h was launched at Naval Group’s facility in Lorient, France.
The French Navy’s first FDI vessel Amiral Ronarc’h was launched at Naval Group’s facility in Lorient, France.