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by Curtis Hand from Press Release – Photos Naval Group

Naval Group and the Fleet Support Service signed a contract for
operational maintenance of the French Navy’s nuclear attack submarines
(SSN), which will be in force for over three years and worth several
hundreds of millions in Euros.

This agreement includes the maintenance operations of Rubis (pictured above) and Suffren-class SSNs and all the related services: engineering, maintenance of tools and spares, management of the stock of spares, training platforms and maintenance of nuclear installations necessary for the operational maintenance (MCO) of submarines.

The contract came into force as of early July and brings together all the routine maintenance activities essential to the technical availability of nuclear attack submarines.
It will mobilise several of Naval Group’s partners for the supply of strategic equipment (TechnicAtome, Thales, Safran), the local industrial base and over five hundred Naval Group employees at several sites in France.

Significantly, the “MCO” contract is part of a transitional phase between the gradual withdrawal from active service of Rubis-class SSNs and the arrival of the new generation Suffren-classSSN. The aim is for Naval Group to carry out maintenance operations on these two types of SSN, which have different technologies and requirements. The infrastructure of the Toulon naval base is currently undergoing a modernisation phase to adapt to this generational change in submarines.

“I would like to thank the French Navy, which has once again placed its trust in us. Naval Group is committed to working alongside its customer on a daily basis and over the long term to ensure the best possible operational availability of its ships,” explains Vincent Martinot-Largarde, Executive Vice-President, Services.

“Service and technical performance are at the core of this contract. Naval Group guarantees to the French Navy a high level of safety and security as well as a strong technical support capacity. Through this contract, the group is also bound to ensure the availability of critical systems of the vessels”.