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DCNS completes CVN Charles de Gaulle refit

Posted on 26 July 2013 by admin

The French Navy’s Fleet Support Service (SSF) signed off on the completion of the intermediate refit of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle after six months’ work by DCNS. From hull to combat system, without forgetting compliance tests to the latest environmental standards, communications suite modernisation or the refurbishment of the accommodation and recreation areas, the project involved some 950 people and 1 million person-hours’ work.


Maintenance and modernisation


In addition to scheduled maintenance, the refit was used to undertake significant modernisation. The work was performed in the Vauban drydock at theToulonnaval base. The ship was given a complete facelift that included the repainting of a total area of 26,000 square metres and the complete refurbishment of one of the main galleys. Other modernisation work included the replacement of the stabilisation computer. The propulsion system and other shipboard systems and equipment were inspected, overhauled and tested to ensure optimal performance in operation. Some35 kilometresof cabling was also installed with a view to the later installation of a state-of-the-art IP network.


CVN Charles de Gaulle underwent a thorough overhaul performed by teams assembled by DCNS and its partners, supported day-to-day by the ship’s crew.



Major contracting challenge, noteworthy team success


“Scheduled refits are essential to return a ship to ‘as new’ condition. This six-month period of intense contract maintenance and modernisation is over. Other teams will now resume shore-based day-to-day monitoring of the ship’s systems and equipment,” said Franck Bouffety, the Group’s Charles de Gaulle programme manager.


With over 1,000 tasks in progress each week, the Vauban drydock was very busy indeed. Despite the huge number of jobs to be performed, everything was completed on time. DCNS completed the 6,000 maintenance and modernisation ‘line tasks’ specified for this scheduled refit. In addition to the ship’s crew, all available staff based at theToulonnaval base were mobilised for the extended pit stop. Virtually every DCNS centre contributed in one way or another. In all, the Group assigned almost 500 employees to the project.

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Posted on 02 February 2012 by admin

Ingenieur Général de l’Armement (IGA) Laurent Collet-Billon, Director-General of the French Defence Technology and Procurement Agency, Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), called on Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen this afternoon at the Singapore Ministry of Defence. IGA Collet-Billon, who is in Singapore from 2 to 3 February 2012, also visited the SAF Centre for Military Experimentation earlier today.

IGA Collet-Billon’s visit underscores the strong and broad-based bilateral defence relationship and in particular, the deepening of defence technology collaboration between France and Singapore. IGA Collet-Billon is in Singapore to co-chair the France-Singapore Defence Technology Co-operation Committee (FS-DTCC) with Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Dr Tan Kim Siew. The FS-DTCC is the highest bilateral forum for defence technology cooperation between France and Singapore.

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