signs four-year Horizon destroyer support contract
DCNS has signed
a four-year contract with the French Navy's Fleet Support Service
(SSF) to provide through-life support for Horizon-class destroyers
Forbin and Chevalier Paul*.
The work will be carried out at DCNS's Toulon shipyard. DCNS and its
programme partners will complete two major refits on each of the two
vessels and conduct three intermediate layups for routine maintenance.
The major refits represent several months of work, and the intermediate
layups several weeks.
DCNS will act as overall prime contractor for the maintenance
of all shipboard systems except the PAAMS weapon system**, working
with 10 major equipment manufacturers, half of them Italian companies.
Chevalier Paul (D621) and Forbin (D620) AAW Destroyers
moored at Toulon Naval Base
"DCNS is delighted that the French Navy and
especially Fleet Support Service have put their trust in us for this
major programme," says Thierry Kalanquin, SVP Services at DCNS.
"We'll be taking a long-term approach with the right industrial
organisation to anticipate the customer's requirements and optimise
maintenance planning. Sharing tasks with industry partners and experts
will deliver even higher levels of service at lower cost."
Horizon-class destroyers Forbin and Chevalier Paul were delivered to the
French Naby in December 2008 and December 2009 respectively. Until now,
maintenance has been performed on a less structured basis, depending
on the requirements of each vessel and its crew.
*The Horizon-class destroyers were built under the Horizon programme to
meet a joint requirement for four anti-air warfare destroyers with a displacement
of approximately 7,000 tonnes (two for the French Navy and two for the
Italian Navy). The programme was a multinational collaboration between
France and Italy. The primary weapon system was developed and produced
in partnership with the UK.
**PAAMS: Principal Anti-Air Missile System (comprises 48 Aster 15 and
Aster 30 missiles and 6 Sylver vertical launchers).