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French Navy (2022)


Current Active Inventory: 66 Fleet Units


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Last Updated: 11/05/2022 | © www.WDMMW.org


Like Britain, the French Navy maintains a modern, multi-role force covering airpower, surface combatants, and undersea boats. The aircraft carrier fleet is limited to just one vessel (Charles de Gaulle) but these provide the necessary systems to operate the impressive Rafale fighter. The undersea fleet is comprised of ten total boats with more to come, breathing life to an aging group. The destroyer force has seen a nice modernization through the Aquitane-class as the Floreal-class moves to age out of service. Up to seventeen vessels make up the mine warfare fleet, which is considerable considering France's shorelines along European waters. Similarly, the OPV force comprises some fourteen vessels, some new, some old but overall capable. The French Navy has a strong future focus on addressing an aging nuclear-attack submarine fleet, frigate firepower, and Offshore Patrol capabilities. In addition to this, there is an initiative to give the service a new, all-modern nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to takeover duties of the aging Charles de Gaulle, though this program remains in its infancy. Nevertheless, the service retains an overall positive outlook.


The following represents an overview of the modern naval fighting capabilities of the French Navy (2022). The service currently counts 66 total units in its active naval inventory. This total includes frontline commissioned vessels but excludes smaller patrol vessels, auxiliary / survey ships, replenishment, and historical ceremonial types. The WDMMW review takes into account specific categories of warships covering attack, defense, and general support designs. Inventory numbers and related unit types are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "On Order" totals found at the bottom of this article are related to any future hulls currently under procurement/construction though said hulls may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons.


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Total Units: 66
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TvR:
92.9
True Value Rating takes into account current strengths/weaknesses, matched against the highest-rated service (the USN yields a top rating of 323.9).
Global Rank:
8/35
A total of 35 naval services from 35 nations currently tracked. Current Ranking.
FORCE CONCENTRATION:

Carriers: 1 units
Submarines: 10 units
Fleet Core: 52 units
Amphib Asslt: 3 units
FORCE BALANCE:

AVERAGE

Fleet covers basic operating requirements by addressing primary categories.
SUPPLIERS:
National flag of France
HULL PREFIX:
"FS"
ESTABLISHED:
1624
398 yrs ago
as the "French Navy"
MEDIAN HULL AGE:
22.3
Years
HULL AGE VISUALIZATION


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Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15 yrs

16 to 25 yrs

26 to 30 yrs

>30 yrs


Age plays a vital role in the life of any warship as hulls and various onboard technologies are pushed to the limit, ultimately exposed to the corrosive and generally unforgiving effects of life at sea. Such degradation often leads to modernizations, refits, or outright retirement. Our color gauge attempts to showcase a vessel's current state within the fleet, helping to detail those outgoing vessels against those at the midway point of their service or those just having been commissioned.


Aircraft Carriers (1)


Hulls defined as those designed primarily to launch, retreive, and maintain fixed-wing and/or rotary-wing aircraft; nuclear- or conventionally-powered.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
21yrs
Charles de Gaulle
R91
Charles de Gaulle

Total Units: 1 (2%)


NOTES: Charles de Gaulle is set to be succeeded by the results of the Future French Aircraft Carrier project with a single planned vessel to the class. It will displace in the 75,000 tonne range and feature a pair of pressurized water reactors for propsulsion.




Submarines (10)


Hulls developed for undersea/submersible operation; nuclear-powered or conventionally-powered.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
39yrs
Rubis
S601
Rubis-class
35yrs
Casablanca
S603
Rubis-class
34yrs
Emeraude
S604
Rubis-class
30yrs
Amethyste
S605
Rubis-class
29yrs
Perle
S606
Rubis-class
2yrs
Suffren
Q284
Barracuda-class
25yrs
Triomphant
S616
Triomphant-class
23yrs
Temeraire
S617
Triomphant-class
18yrs
Vigilant
S618
Triomphant-class
12yrs
Terrible
S619
Triomphant-class

Total Units: 10 (15%)


NOTES: The aging submarine force will be strengthened by the arrival of five additional nuclear-attack subs from the Barracuda-class.




Destroyers (21)


Multi-mission hulls developed for Blue Water environment; operating independently or as part of the main surface fleet.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
14yrs
Forbin
D620
Horizon-class
13yrs
Chevalier Paul
D621
Horizon-class
1yrs
Alsace
D656
Aquitane-class
10yrs
Aquitane
D650
Aquitane-class
2yrs
Normandie
D651
Aquitane-class
7yrs
Provence
D652
Aquitane-class
5yrs
Languedoc
D653
Aquitane-class
4yrs
Auvergne
D654
Aquitane-class
3yrs
Bretagne
D655
Aquitane-class
31yrs
Latouche-Treville
D615
Georges Leygues-class
26yrs
La Fayette
F710
Lafayette-class
25yrs
Surcouf
F711
Lafayette-class
25yrs
Courbet
F712
Lafayette-class
23yrs
Aconit
F713
Lafayette-class
21yrs
Guepratte
F714
Lafayette-class
30yrs
Floreal
F730
Floreal-class
30yrs
Prairial
F731
Floreal-class
30yrs
Nivose
F732
Floreal-class
29yrs
Ventose
F733
Floreal-class
29yrs
Vendemiaire
F734
Floreal-class
28yrs
Germinal
F735
Floreal-class

Total Units: 21 (32%)


NOTES: FS Latouche-Treville (D615) is set to be decommissioned in 2022.




Mine Warfare (17)


Hulls outfitted for the purpose of mine countermeasures/countermine warfare.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
38yrs
Cassiopee
M642
Eridan-class
38yrs
Andromede
M643
Eridan-class
37yrs
Pegase
M644
Eridan-class
36yrs
Orion
M645
Eridan-class
36yrs
Croix du Sud
M646
Eridan-class
35yrs
Aigle
M647
Eridan-class
35yrs
Lyre
M648
Eridan-class
35yrs
Cephee
M652
Eridan-class
35yrs
Capricorne
M653
Eridan-class
26yrs
Sagittaire
M650
Eridan-class
36yrs
Vulcain
M611
Vulcain-class
36yrs
Pluton
M622
Vulcain-class
35yrs
Styx
A614
Vulcain-class
35yrs
Acheron
A613
Vulcain-class
29yrs
Antares
M770
Vulcain-class
29yrs
Altair
M771
Vulcain-class
28yrs
Aldebaran
M772
Vulcain-class

Total Units: 17 (26%)




Offshore Patrol Vessels (14)


Hulls defined as OPVs and outfitted for the purpose of close-to-shore defense / deterrence.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
6yrs
D'Entrecasteaux
A621
D'Entrecasteaux-class
6yrs
Bogainville
A622
D'Entrecasteaux-class
5yrs
Champlain
A623
D'Entrecasteaux-class
2yrs
Dumont d'Urville
A624
D'Entrecasteaux-class
41yrs
Premier-M L'Her
F792
D'Estienne d'Orves-class
40yrs
Comdt Blaison
F793
D'Estienne d'Orves-class
40yrs
E.de V. Jacoubet
F794
D'Estienne d'Orves-class
39yrs
Comdt Ducuing
F795
D'Estienne d'Orves-class
38yrs
Commandant Birot
F796
D'Estienne d'Orves-class
38yrs
Comdt Bouan
F797
D'Estienne d'Orves-class
5yrs
La Confiance
P733
La Confiance-class
5yrs
La Resolue
P734
La Confiance-class
2yrs
La Combattante
P735
La Confiance-class
37yrs
La Glorieuse
P686
L'Audacieuse-class

Total Units: 14 (21%)


NOTES: Up to six Patrouilleur d'Outre-Mer (POM) patrol vessels are to be added beginning in 2023, succeeding the L'Audacious-class. Similarly, the new ocean-going Patrouilleurs Oceanique (PO) will take over duties of the D'Estienne d'Orves-class boats.




Amphibious Assault (3)


Hulls designed specifically for the support of amphibious-minded, offshore / close-to-shore operations.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
16yrs
Mistral
L9013
Mistral-class
16yrs
Tonnere
L9014
Mistral-class
10yrs
Dixmude
L9015
Mistral-class

Total Units: 3 (5%)


NOTES: Five total Mistral vessels have been built - two for the Egyptian Navy.




On Order (16)


Hulls set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

Duguay-Trouin
Nuclear Attack Sub
De Grasse
Nuclear Attack Sub
Tourville
Nuclear Attack Sub
Rubis
Nuclear Attack Sub
Casablanca
Nuclear Attack Sub
Amiral Ronarc'h
Frigate
Amiral Louzeau
Frigate
Amiral Castex
Frigate
Amiral Nomy
Frigate
Amiral Cabanier
Frigate
Unnamed Ship
OPV
Unnamed Ship
OPV
Unnamed Ship
OPV
Unnamed Ship
OPV
Unnamed Ship
OPV
Unnamed Ship
OPV

Total Units: 16


On Order Commitment: 16 Units


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