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Socarenam details design features for new French Navy overseas patrol ships

03 January 2020
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An artist’s rendering of the new overseas patrol ship. Source: Socarenam

Socarenam has been awarded a contract to build six overseas patrol ships (patrouilleurs outre-mers: POMs) for the French Navy. The 80 m vessels will be based in France's overseas territories.

Announcing its contract win on 30 December, the French shipbuilder said the new patrol ships will be built at its facilities in Boulogne sur Mer in the north of France and Saint-Malo in Brittany for delivery between 2022 and 2025. The vessels will be stationed in New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Réunion Island.

The vessels have been designed in collaboration with Marseille-based naval architecture and marine engineering company MAURIC. The design is based around a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. According to a graphic rendering of the ship, features include a stern ramp and lateral davit as well as a flight deck for the launch and recovery of unmanned aerial vehicles. Armament will include a remotely operated gun and machine guns. The patrol vessels can carry a crew complement of 53.

According to Socarenam, the current contract is for the construction of six POMs, with options for maintenance services for up to six years that will be carried out together with partner company CNN MCO.

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