MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
Source: Republic of France in French The French Republic has issued the following statement:
Good morning all,
It is obviously with a touch of regret that I address you via the interposed screen, and not at Le Bourget as tradition would have it. If the health crisis has proven and proven one thing, it is our ability to adapt and react.
I would therefore like to congratulate and thank the organizing teams for an unprecedented and reinvented Euronaval in a 100% digital format that retains the essence of the show: exchange and sharing.
This year, Euronaval was to bring together 77 delegations and more than 300 companies from different countries. It is the symbol of a dynamic and attractive French naval industry for our partners, and I take as proof the tremendous success achieved by the naval sector, for export, in 2019. The naval sector alone represented , half of our order intake. Euronaval is also the place where the future of military navies is taking shape. Finally, every year, it is a source of pride for our French Navy: the first Navy in Europe. A combat navy capable of standing up to our strategic competitors.
It is a source of pride, it is also a constant demand. Excellence is not immutable, guaranteed once and for all: this is why we made the commitment in the military programming law to devote 110 billion euros to equipment over the period 2019-2023, part of which significant benefits in naval combat.
This is a constant requirement, especially as the strategic context in which the Navy operates is getting tougher every day. We see it in the Strait of Hormuz, we have seen it more recently in the eastern Mediterranean. More than ever, the sea is a space of uncertainties, tensions, provocation and stakes of power. At a time when international law too often becomes an adjustment variable for some and where borders are contested, France continues to raise its voice and affirm its attachment to freedom of navigation.
In this context of unprecedented naval rearmament and international tensions, the navy needs robust, efficient, reliable equipment and differentiating weapon systems, at the cutting edge of technical progress, in order to outclass our adversaries. And this need, the LPM answers it. Never in the past 30 years has the Navy seen such a renewal of its resources.
The multi-mission frigate program (FREMM) is continuing at a very good pace. The Lorient shipyards are running at full speed to allow delivery of Alsace in 2021 and Lorraine in 2022. Those who get on board know that our frigates are stealthy, enduring and versatile: they are the symbol of a naval industry at the forefront of modernity. In 10 years, the Navy will have received 8 new first rank frigates. This is remarkable and the rest is written with the Defense and Intervention Frigates (FDI). The first, Admiral Ronarc’h, is under construction. It will be delivered in 2023.
To contribute to the defense of our interests, 6 overseas patrol boats will also join the French Navy fleet by 2025. This is the result of an acceleration effort wanted by the LPM in the service of the territories, to protect the 10 million square kilometers of maritime spaces that make up our exclusive economic zone. I went to Saint-Malo to the Socarenam site to cut the 1st sheet of this new type of Patroller, the first of which will reach New Caledonia in 2022.
We have also launched the oceanic patrol boats program intended for the metropolis, which is eagerly awaited. Buildings of the 2000 ton range, they will give our Navy considerably increased capacities compared to the current situation. The first two will be delivered by the end of the LPM.
The LPM also provides for the modernization of our deterrence capabilities. As such, in the coming months, I will be launching construction work on the 3rd generation missile launchers.
Regarding the new generation aircraft carrier, I confirm that this program will be launched to give a successor to Charles de Gaulle in 2038. This future aircraft carrier will bring together the excellence of our naval industry in the coming decades and, through its strategic dimension , will offer an employment framework perfectly adapted from its conception to the future combat aircraft of our armies, known under the name of SCAF.
The Barracuda program will deliver 6 next-generation attack submarines, of which the first in the series, the Suffren, is expected to be delivered by the end of the year. I know the Naval Group teams are hard at work and I thank them. Our industry can be proud of itself because it is at the forefront in this key area of deterrence and you are the architects of our strategic autonomy.
These programs will benefit our Navy, a navy employed every day, all year round, in external operations, as part of the State’s action at sea, in extreme cold or extreme heat, in the air or depths. Our Navy is oceanic, it is a combat Navy. We can be proud of this and we must continue this effort. It is at the forefront in several fields of struggle, thanks to the virtuous collaborative work of sailors, the DGA and industrialists. The Navy therefore successfully implements the technical tools devised by you, the industrialists, to meet its needs for the direct benefit of France’s strategic autonomy.
This strategic autonomy is also being built at European level. By the end of the LPM we will receive the first two force supply vessels, the fruit of successful cooperation between French and Italian shipyards. The crisis has hit all sectors but it has not weakened our determination to act together, among Europeans.
Mine warfare is also the melting pot of cooperation. The SLAMF program, marked by its remarkable innovation integrating “drone systems” is coming into being, in cooperation with the British.
This year, Euronaval is taking on a double mission. Continue to generate and fuel a rich and constructive debate on the shipbuilding industry while promoting market recovery. This is a fight that the Ministry of the Armed Forces has fervently waged since the start of the crisis with defense companies, in particular thanks to the action of the BITD Task Force within the Directorate General for Armaments.
My last message will be one of resilience and optimism. Together we must resist. We have unique, known and recognized skills and know-how. I’m not saying that going through the economic and health crisis will be easy or without uncertainty, but we have strengths and resources.
The French naval industry must continue to shine around the world. At each edition, Euronaval makes it possible to demonstrate all the capabilities and prowess of the sector, and this particular edition will be no exception.
Thank you all.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.