List of active French Navy ships

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This is a list of active French Navy ships.[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 Nuclear 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 Nuclear attack submarines and 4 Nuclear ballistic missile submarines. To support the Force d'Action Navale at sea, the French Navy uses 3 replenishment oilers, 17 mine countermeasure vessels and 6 support ships. In addition to the above units, it operates 21 patrol ships, 5 survey vessels, 4 experimentation ships, 4 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)[edit]

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 FS Casabianca 03.jpg 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 2020.[4]

Surface fleet (Bâtiments de combat)[edit]

Aircraft carriers[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Charles De Gaulle (R91) underway 2009.jpg Aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) 42,500 tonnes

Amphibious warfare[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Mistral-class French amphibious assault ship Dixmude (L9015) underway off Cadiz in May 2015.JPG Landing helicopter dock (LHD) Mistral (L9013)
Tonnerre (L9014)
Dixmude (L9015)
21,000 tonnes

Major surface combatants[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Horizon-class Forbin-090531-N-9988F-406.jpg Air-defence destroyer Forbin (D620)
Chevalier Paul (D621)
7,050 tonnes
Cassard-class FS Jean Bart 1.jpg Air-defence destroyer Jean Bart (D615) 4,500 tonnes To be replaced by two Aquitaine-class AAW variants.
Aquitaine-class FREMM Aquitaine 1.jpg Anti-submarine destroyer Aquitaine (D650)

Provence (D652)
Languedoc (D653)
Auvergne (D654)
Bretagne (D655)

6,000 tonnes
Georges Leygues-class FS Montcalm 1.jpg Anti-submarine destroyer La Motte Picquet (D645)
Latouche-Tréville (D646)
4,500 tonnes To be decommissioned by 2022.[5]
La Fayette-class FS Surcouf.jpg General-purpose frigate La Fayette (F710)
Surcouf (F711)
Courbet (F712)
Aconit (F713)
Guépratte (F714)
3,600 tonnes To be replaced by FTI; three to be upgraded with hull-mounted sonar[6]
Floréal-class Vendemiaire 2.jpg Surveillance frigate Floréal (F730)
Prairial (F731)
Nivôse (F732)
Ventôse (F733)
Vendémiaire (F734)
Germinal (F735)
2,950 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
L'Astrolabe e Konk-Kerne 01.jpg Offshore patrol & support vessel L'Astrolabe (P800) 4,000 tonnes Co-operated by the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) Administration and the French Navy.
D'Entrecasteaux-class B2m .jpg Offshore patrol vessel D'Entrecasteaux (A621)
Bougainville (A622)
Champlain (A623)
Dumont D'Urville (A624)
2,300 tonnes
D'Estienne d'Orves-class FrenchNavyShipInBizerte.jpg Offshore patrol vessel Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff (F789)
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 Originally entered service as avisos (sloops / light corvettes), reclassified as OPVs in 2012.[7]
La Confiance-class [fr] French offshore patrol vessel La Rèsolue (P734) moored in New Orleans on 19 April 2018 (180419-N-WW980-015).JPG Offshore patrol vessel La Confiance (P733)
La Résolue (P734)
La Combattante (P735)
700 tonnes
L'Audacieuse-class FS La Moqueuse Otago Harbour 2010 2.JPG Coastal patrol vessel La Glorieuse (P686)
La Moqueuse (P688)
480 tonnes To be decommissioned by 2020.[8]

Mine countermeasures[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Éridan-class Cassiopée.jpg Minehunter Cassiopée (M642)
Andromède (M643)
Pégase (M644)
Orion (M645)
Croix du sud (M646)
L'Aigle (M647)
Lyre (M648)
Sagittaire (M650)
Céphée (M652)
Capricorne (M653)
615 tonnes
Vulcain-class [fr] Achéron recadré.jpg Clearance diving Vulcain (M611)
Achéron (A613)
Styx (M614)
Pluton (M622)
490 tonnes
Antarès-class [fr] BRS antares.jpg 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 [fr] Arago Coastal patrol vessel Arago (P675) 980 tonnes An ex hydrographic survey vessel.
Coastal patrol vessel Fulmar (P740) 550 tonnes An ex-trawler.
Flamant-class French Navy Flamant Class P676 entering Dunkirk harbour (7961651562).jpg Patrol boat Flamant (P676)
Cormoran (P677)
Pluvier (P678)
390 tonnes

These vessels operate in conjunction with the Maritime Gendarmerie.

Auxiliary fleet (Bâtiments de soutien)[edit]


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Durance-class US Navy 070504-N-8861F-015 The Argentine supply ship ARA Patagonia (B 1) participates in exercises alongside dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) to mark the beginning of UNITAS.jpg Replenishment oiler Var (A608)
Marne (A630)
Somme (A631)
17,900 tonnes Also equipped to fulfil the role of command ship.

Intelligence, research and experimentation[edit]

Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
FS Monge.jpg Tracking ship Monge (A601) 21,040 tonnes
Dupuy-de-Lome-photo10.jpg 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


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Tonnerres de Brest 2012 - Pourquoi Pas - 001.jpg Oceanographic survey Pourquoi pas ? 6,600 tonnes Operated by IFREMER (55%) and the French Navy (45%) with civilian crew.[9]
2015 Madeira Samsung (49).jpg Oceanographic survey Beautemps-Beaupré (A758) 3,292 tonnes
Lapérouse-class [fr] FS LAPLACE A793.jpg Hydrographic survey Lapérouse (A791)
Borda (A792)
Laplace (A 793)
980 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
UT515-class Abeille Liberté.jpg Oceangoing tug Abeille Bourbon
Abeille Liberté
4,000 tonnes Operated under charter.
UT507-class Abeille Flandre P1150030.jpg Oceangoing tug Abeille Flandre
Abeille Languedoc
2,220 tonnes Operated under charter.


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Jason2013.jpg Support and pollution control Ailette
2-4,000 tonnes Operated under charter.
Loire-class [fr] Bâtiment de Surveillance et d'Assistance Hauturiers "Loire" 01.jpg Offshore Support and Assistance Loire (A602)
Rhône (A603)
Seine (A604)
Garonne (A605)
2,960 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ship Displacement Note
Training vessel Rebel 2,900 tonnes Operated under charter.[10]
Training vessel Partisan 2,340 tonnes Operated under charter.
Léopard-class Batiment Guepard.jpg Training vessel Léopard (A748)
Panthère (A749)
Jaguar (A750)
Lynx (A751)
Guépard (A752)
Chacal (A753)
Tigre (A754)
Lion (A755)
470 tonnes
Glycine-class BIN Glycine A770.jpg Navigation training Glycine (A770)
Églantine (A771)
295 tonnes
Paimpolaise-class Belle Poule.jpg Sail training Étoile (A649)
Belle-Poule (A650)
275 tonnes Schooner.


  • 17 x RPC12 harbour and coastal tugboats

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

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "La construction du prochain SNLE français débutera en 2023". Mer et Marine (in French). 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  5. ^ "Une année charnière pour le renouvellement de la marine française". Mer et Marine (in French). 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  6. ^ "DCNS Wins French Navy La Fayette-class Frigate Upgrade Program". Navy Recognition. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ Between 2011 and 2017 heavy armaments have been removed.
  8. ^ "Patrouilleurs de la Marine nationale - Sénat". Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  9. ^ Forces de surface - Les bâtiments hydrographiques et océanographiques,, Retrieved 28 June 2014
  10. ^ "Le nouveau navire plastron de la Marine nationale arrive à Toulon". Mer et Marine. Retrieved 2016-01-13.

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