Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier - Christophe Simon / AP / SIPA
One more order in sight for the Chantiers de l'Atlantique. And what an order! The Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced on Monday that the new French aircraft carrier called to replace the Charles de Gaulle will be built in Saint-Nazaire. However, it will take a little patience since the first tests are planned for the year 2036.
"It is here, in Saint-Nazaire, that the new generation aircraft carrier will be built, which will succeed the Charles de Gaulle in 2038, with 2036 in sight for the first sea trials," said the minister. who was there to cut the first sheet of a force supply ship.
"The only ones capable of building such a ship"
The only French aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle , will be replaced by this new generation building which must be built in Saint-Nazaire because "the Chantiers de l'Atlantique are the only shipyards capable of building a ship of such a size. size and such a tonnage, ”explained Florence Parly.
"We are working in the form of studies" on this new generation aircraft carrier, continued the minister, and "we will have the opportunity to talk about it in a few months since the President of the Republic will be called upon to take decisions in this area in a few months. "
Florence Parly participated in a cutting ceremony for the first sheet of a force supply vessel to be delivered by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in 2022. It will be the first in a series of four ships to be delivered in 2022 , 2025, 2027 and 2029, detailed the minister.
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