French Navy Barracuda-class Submarine SSN Duguay-Trouin Starts Its Sea Trials

Two years after the delivery of the Suffren, the first Barracuda-class nuclear attack submarine, a new milestone has been reached in the production of these SSNs, with the first sea trials of the Duguay-Trouin, on March 27th, 2023. The submarine will now go through different trials to test its performances before its delivery, scheduled later this year. The Duguay-Trouin is the second submarine of the Barracuda program, led by the French defense procurement agency (DGA) in partnership with the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA) for the nuclear boilers part. This program intends to replace the Ruby-class SSNs currently in service within the French Navy. Naval Group is in charge of the production of these submarines, from their design to their construction, as well as the manufacture of the main components of the nuclear boilers which are developed and produced with TechnicAtome. Naval Group is also in charge of providing logistical support and maintaining the submarines in Toulon.
This series of sea trials follows the divergence of the nuclear reactor which took place in September 2020 and the dock tests carried out since the launch of the submarine in 2021. The operations successively took place in the assembly hall as well as in the dry and water-filled docks to test equipment and systems. These trials were conducted by joint teams from Naval Group, TechnicAtome and French authorities. The Barracuda series is well underway: the remaining four submarines in the program (Tourville, de Grasse, Rubis and Casabianca) are all currently under construction, at different stages of completion, and their deliveries will be staggered until 2030. With a lifespan of more than 30 years, the Barracuda program commits submarine forces until at least 2060, making it one of the major weapons systems of this century.AdvertisementThe Duguay-Trouin, second of the French Navy’s six Barracuda-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, prepares to leave her berth in Charbourg to begin her sea trials. (Photo by French Directorate General of Armament)Pierre Eric Pommellet, CEO of Naval Group said: “The Barracuda series is at the heart of our industrial strategy for submarines. It mobilizes our skills, our know-how, our technological lead, and our ability to constantly evolve and innovate. I would like to highlight the unfailing commitment of the design and production teams at Naval Group and its partners, including TechnicAtome, as well as those at DGA, CEA and the French Navy. The achievement of this new milestone is a demonstration of the expertise of the French naval industry. This success guarantees an unrivaled defense tool with a high level of industrial autonomy, to support France’s sovereignty.”The Barracuda is the submarine of the 21st century, designed to meet the operational needs of the current and future navy. It features extensive operational capabilities and the latest technologies. More versatile, higher performing and better armed than its predecessors, the Suffren type SSN will go faster and further. It is designed to control all types of marine spaces, from the high seas to coastal areas. This submarine is equipped with a nuclear propulsion system which offers a remarkable action range and discretion. It also features communication means allowing its integration within a naval force. These submarines are also more manoeuvrable and mobile thanks to their latest generation navigation and communication systems, including a centralised and more automated driving. Another major innovation is the optronic mast, which replaces the telescopic mast, ensuring better visual information collection and sharing among the crew. This new feature, combined with advanced detection capabilities, guarantees the superiority of these SSNs in their intelligence missions.Share this:FacebookRedditPinterestTwitterLinkedInRelated posts:Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) Visits Souda Bay Conducts Training at SeaStanding NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) concluded a scheduled port…Turkey Unveils Bayraktar TB3 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Ahead of First FlightAfter the combat success demonstrated by the Baykar Bayraktar TB2…Philippine Navy Test-fires Bullfighter Chaff Anti-ship Missile Decoys Off ZambalesThe Philippine Navy (PN) announced that it had test-fired its…US Navy Moves Forward with Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Anti-Surface (HALO)The U.S. Navy awarded two contracts to Raytheon Missiles and…ST Engineering Awarded Republic of Singapore Navy Contract to Build Multi-Role Combat VesselsThe Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has signed a contract…Singapore’s DSTA and Sweden’s Saab to Co-develop Next Generation Combat VesselsSingapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Sweden’s Saab…Royal Australian Navy HMAS Choules Undergoes Trials Following MaintenanceAfter an extended maintenance period of more than 12 months,…Rohde & Schwarz to Supply Liquid-cooled HF Transmitters to Royal Norwegian NavyRohde & Schwarz to supply liquid-cooled HF high-power transmitters to…Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Montréal and Motor Vessel Asterix Depart to Indo-PacificThe Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS)…Cantiere Navale Vittoria Delivers P71 Offshore Patrol Vessel to Malta Armed ForcesThe flag of the Republic of Malta waves…


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