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List of active French Navy ships

Naval ensign of France

This is a list of active French Navy ships as of April 2016.[1][2][3] The French Navy consists of the 86 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, 8 anti-submarine destroyers, 5 general-purpose frigates, and 6 surveillance frigates. The submarine force consists of 6 attack submarines and 4 ballistic missile submarines. To support the Force d'Action Navale at sea, the French Navy uses 3 replenishment oilers, 18 mine countermeasure vessels and 6 support ships. In addition to the above units, it operates 21 patrol ships, 5 survey vessels, 4 experimentation ships, 8 ocean tugboats and 14 training vessels.

The French Navy does not use the term "destroyer" in vessel names. Instead, surface combatants of the first rank (such as Horizon) are named "frigates", though they are registered as destroyers (with hull numbers "Dxxx").

Submarine fleet (Forces sous-marines)

Class Picture Type Boat Displacement Note
Triomphant class Temeraire1048.jpg Ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Triomphant (S616)
Téméraire (S617)
Vigilant (S618)
Terrible (S619)
14,335 tonnes
Rubis class Rubis class. Attack submarine (SSN) Rubis (S601)
Saphir (S602)
Casabianca (S603)
Émeraude (S604)
Améthyste (S605)
Perle (S606)
2,660 tonnes To be replaced by Suffren class starting 2018.

Surface fleet (Bâtiments de combat)

Aircraft carriers

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

Amphibious warfare

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Mistral class Mistral Projection and Command vessel. Landing helicopter dock Mistral (L9013)
Tonnerre (L9014)
Dixmude (L9015)
21,000 tonnes
BATRAL-class BATRAL Jacques Cartier Tank landing ship Dumont D'Urville (L9032) 1,330 tonnes To be replaced by B2M Dumont d'Urville in 2018.[5]

Major surface combatants

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Horizon class Forbin during an exercise, in 2009 Air-defence destroyer Forbin (D620)
Chevalier Paul (D621)
7,050 tonnes
Aquitaine-class Aquitaine Anti-submarine destroyer Aquitaine (D650)
Provence (D652)
Languedoc (D653)
Auvergne (D 654)
6,000 tonnes Four more to be built; two ASW and two AAW variants.
Cassard class FS Jean Bart 1.jpg Air-defence destroyer Cassard (D 614)
Jean Bart (D615)
4,500 tonnes To be replaced by two Aquitaine-class AAW variants.
Georges Leygues class Latouche-Tréville at sea Anti-submarine destroyer Montcalm (D642)
Jean de Vienne (D643)
Primauguet (D644)
La Motte Picquet (D645)
Latouche-Tréville (D646)
4,500 tonnes To be replaced by six Aquitaine-class ASW variants.
La Fayette class La Fayette-class frigate. General-purpose frigate La Fayette (F710)
Surcouf (F711)
Courbet (F712)
Aconit (F713)
Guépratte (F714)
3,600 tonnes
Floréal class Floréal-class frigate. Surveillance frigate Floréal (F730)
Prairial (F731)
Nivôse (F732)
Ventôse (F733)
Vendémiaire (F734)
Germinal (F735)
2,950 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
D'Entrecasteaux-class B2m .jpg Offshore patrol vessel D'Entrecasteaux (A621)
Bougainville (A622)
Champlain (A623)
2,300 tonnes One more to be built.[6]
Gowind class French Navy offshore patrol ship P725 Adroit Offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit (P725) 1,450 tonnes On lease from DCNS until July 2017.[7]
D'Estienne d'Orves class FrenchNavyShipInBizerte.jpg Offshore patrol vessel Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff (F789)
Lieutenant de vaisseau Lavallée (F790)
Commandant L'Herminier (F791)
Premier-Maître L'Her (F792)
Commandant Blaison (F793)
Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet (F794)
Commandant Ducuing (F795)
Commandant Birot (F796)
Commandant Bouan (F797)
1,250 tonnes Reclassified as OPVs.[8]
La Confiance-class Offshore patrol vessel La Confiance (P733)
La Résolue (P734)
700 tonnes
L'Audacieuse-class FS La Moqueuse Otago Harbour 2010 2.JPG Coastal patrol vessel La Glorieuse (P686)
La Moqueuse (P688)
480 tonnes

Mine countermeasuress

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Éridan class Éridan-class minesweeper. Minehunter Éridan (M641)
Cassiopée (M642)
Andromède (M643)
Pégase (M644)
Orion (M645)
Croix du sud (M646)
Aigle (M647)
Lyre (M648)
Sagittaire (M650)
Céphée (M652)
Capricorne (M653)
615 tonnes
Vulcain-class A613 Achéron. Clearance diving Vulcain (M611)
Achéron (A613)
Styx (M614)
Pluton (M622)
490 tonnes
Antarès-class M770 Antarès. Sonar towing vessel Antarès (M770)
Altaïr (M771)
Aldébaran (M772)
340 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
French patrol ship Le Malin (P701) moored in Concarneau harbour.jpg Coastal patrol vessel Malin (P701) 1,300 tonnes An ex-trawler.
Lapérouse-class Arago-class patrol ship. Coastal patrol vessel Arago (P675) 980 tonnes An ex hydrographic survey vessel.
Coastal patrol vessel Fulmar (P740) 550 tonnes An ex-trawler.
Flamant class Flamant-class patrol ship. Patrol boat Flamant (P676)
Cormoran (P677)
Pluvier (P678)
390 tonnes

These vessels operate in conjunction with the Maritime Gendarmerie.

Auxiliary fleet (Bâtiments de soutien)


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Durance class ARA Patagonia, former lead ship of the Durance class Replenishment oiler Var (A608)
Marne (A630)
Somme (A631)
17,900 tonnes Also equipped to fulfil the role of command ship.

Intelligence, research and experimentation

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Monge Tracking ship Monge (A601) 21,040 tonnes
Dupuy de Lôme SIGINT Dupuy de Lôme (A759) 3,600 tonnes
DGSE diving support Alizé (A645) 1,600 tonnes Also used to test new equipment and diving procedures.
Record SNSM 2015 - Thetis (4).jpg Mine-warfare experimentation Thétis (A785) 1,050 tonnes
Langevin recadré.jpg Sonar research vessel Langevin 1,600 tonnes Operated under charter.[9]


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Pourquoi pas ? Oceanographic survey Pourquoi pas ? 6,600 tonnes Operated by IFREMER (55%) and the French Navy (45%) with civilian crew.[10]
Pourquoi pas ? Oceanographic survey Beautemps-Beaupré (A758) 3,292 tonnes
Lapérouse-class Borda Hydrographic survey Lapérouse (A791)
Borda (A792)
Laplace (A 793)
980 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
UT515-class Abeille Liberté Oceangoing tug Abeille Bourbon
Abeille Liberté
4,000 tonnes Operated under charter.
UT507-class Abeille Flandre Oceangoing tug Abeille Flandre
Abeille Languedoc
2,220 tonnes Operated under charter.
RR2000-class Tug supply vessel Taapé (A633) 510 tonnes To be replaced by BSAH-class starting 2018.


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Jason Support and pollution control Ailette
2-4,000 tonnes Operated under charter.
Chamois-class Support vessel Elan (A768)
505 tonnes To be replaced by BSAH-class starting 2018.


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Training vessel Rebel 2,900 tonnes Operated under charter.[11]
Training vessel Partisan 2,340 tonnes Operated under charter.
Léopard-class Guépard Training vessel Léopard (A748)
Panthère (A749)
Jaguar (A750)
Lynx (A751)
Guépard (A752)
Chacal (A753)
Tigre (A754)
Lion (A755)
470 tonnes
Glycine-class Glycine Navigation training Glycine (A770)
Églantine (A771)
295 tonnes
Paimpolaise-class Étoile Sail training Étoile (A649)
Belle-Poule (A650)
275 tonnes Schooner.


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

See also


  1. ^ "Forces sous-marines" (in French). 12 March 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Liste des bâtiments de combat de la Marine nationale par unité" (in French). 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Liste des bâtiments de soutien par unité" (in French). 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. ^ "Des commandes de la DGA: un 4e B2M, le système CERBERE et des mini-drones de reconnaissance pour 89 millions €". (in French). Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  6. ^ "France receives first B2M-class vessel | IHS Jane's 360". Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  7. ^ "La Marine nationale rempile pour un an avec L'Adroit". Mer et Marine. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  8. ^ Originally entered service as avisos (sloops). Between 2011 and 2017 heavy armaments have been removed and the ships reclassified as OPVs.
  9. ^ Compagnie Maritime Nantaise MN - Langevin,
  10. ^ Forces de surface - Les bâtiments hydrographiques et océanographiques,, Retrieved 28 June 2014
  11. ^ "Le nouveau navire plastron de la Marine nationale arrive à Toulon". Mer et Marine. Retrieved 2016-01-13. 

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