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The Marine Nationale ("National Navy"), often called La Royale, or the French Navy is the maritime arm of the armed forces of France. Tracing its roots back from 1624 it is one of the world's oldest naval forces and historically played a key part in establishing the French colonial empire. Since 2008, its roles have been defined as maintaining intelligence, protecting populations, preventing crises, intervening wherever necessary to reestablish peace, and dissuading any threats against vital French interests. The Marine Nationale consists of four branches, the Force d'Action Navale, the Forces Sous-marines, the Aéronavale and the Fusiliers Marins (including the Commandos de Marine). As a blue-water navy the Marine Nationale operates a wide range of fighting vessels, including a pair of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines, frigates, patrol boats and support ships. The French Navy does not use prefixes of the names of its ships, but foreign commentators sometimes use the prefix MN; this is not official, however.

The motto of the navy is Honneur, patrie, valeur, discipline ("Honour, Fatherland, Valour, Discipline") and these words are found on the deck of every ship in the fleet.

List of shipsEdit

  • Charles de Gaulle-class aircraft carriers (2) - 1997
  • Jeanne d'Arc-class aircraft carrier (1) - 2014
  • Bretagne-class amphibious assault ships (2) - 1982
    • MN Bretagne (L9009)
    • MN Provence (L9010)
  • Mistral-lass amphibious assault ships (4) - 2006
    • MN Mistral (L9013)
    • MN Tonnere (L9014)
    • MN Dixmude (L9015)
    • MN Typhon (L9016)
  • Chaland de débarquement d'infanterie et de chars (2) - 2007
    • MN Rapière
    • MN Hallebarde
  • EDA-R (8) - 2011
    • MN EDA-R-01 (L9035)
    • MN EDA-R-02 (L9036)
    • MN EDA-R-03 (L9037)
    • MN EDA-R-04 (L9038)
    • MN EDA-R-05 (L9039)
    • MN EDA-R-06 (L9040)
    • MN EDA-R-07 (L9041)
    • MN EDA-R-08 (L9042)
  • Georges Leygues-class ASW Destroyers (7) - 1979
    • MN Georges Leygues (D640)
    • MN Dupleix (D641)
    • MN Montcalm (D642)
    • MN Jeanne de Vienne (D643)
    • MN Primauguet (D644)
    • MN La Motte Piquet (D645)
    • MN Latouche-Tréville (D646)
  • Cassard-class Destroyers (4) - 1988
    • MN Cassard (D614)
    • MN Jean Bart (D615)
    • MN Condorcet (D616)
    • MN Durandal (D617)
  • Horizon-class Guided Missile Destroyers (4) - 2007
    • MN Forbin (D620)
    • MN Chevalier Paul (D621)
    • MN Jean-Baptiste Colbert (D622)
    • MN François Flohic (D623)
  • Aquitaine-class Frigate (4, 4 UC, 9 planned) - 2011
    • MN Aquitaine (D650)
    • MN Normandie (D651)
    • MN Picardy (D652)
    • MN Languedoc (D653)
    • MN Auvergne (D654) - fitting out
    • MN Alsace (D655) - fitting out
    • MN Saintes (D656) - under construction
    • MN Lorraine (D657) - under construction
    • MN Corsica (D658) - planned for construction
    • MN Maine (D659) - planned for construction
    • MN Foix (D660) - planned for construction
    • MN Béarn (D661) - planned for construction
    • MN Touraine (D662) - planned for construction
    • MN Orléanais (D663) - planned for construction
    • MN Roussillon (D664) - planned for construction
    • MN Flandre (D665) - planned for construction
    • MN Gascogne (D666) - planned for construction
  • Floreal-class Light Frigates (12) - 1992
    • MN Floréal (F730)
    • MN Prairial (F731)
    • MN Nivôse (F732)
    • MN Ventôse (F733)
    • MN Vendémiaire (F734)
    • MN Germinal (F735)
    • MN Frimaire (F736)
    • MN Thermidor (F737)
    • MN Pluviôse (F738)
    • MN Messidor (F739)
    • MN Fructidor (F740)
    • MN Brumaire (F741)
  • La Fayette-class Stealth Frigates (6) 1996
    • MN La Fayette (F710)
    • MN Surcouf (F711)
    • MN Courbet (F712)
    • MN Jauréguiberry (F713)
    • MN Guépratte (F714)
    • MN Aconit (F715)
  • Rubis-class Nuclear Attack Submarines (12) - 1983
    • MN Rubis (S601)
    • MN Saphir (S602)
    • MN Casabianca (S603)
    • MN Émeraude (S604)
    • MN Améthyste (S605)
    • MN Perle (S606)
    • MN Turquoise (S607)
    • MN Diamant (S608)
    • MN Grenat (S609)
    • MN Onyx (S610)
    • MN Chrysobéryl (S611)
    • MN Aventurine (S612)
  • Triomphant-class Nuclear Attack Submarine (4) - 1997
    • MN Triomphant (S616)
    • MN Temeraire (S617)
    • MN Vigilant (S618)
    • MN Terrible (S619)
  • Suffren-class Nuclear Attack Submarine (4 UC, 8 planned) - 2018
    • MN Suffen (S620) - sea trials
    • MN Duguay-Trouin (S621) - fitting out
    • MN Tourville (S622) - under construction
    • MN Dupetit-Thouars (S623) - under construction
    • MN De Grasse (S624) - planned for construction
    • MN Duquesne (S625) - planned for construction
    • MN Arromanches (S626) - planned for construction
    • MN Joffre (S627) - planned for construction
    • MN Chateaurenault (S628) - planned for construction
    • MN Guichen (S629) - planned for construction
    • MN Masséna (S630) - planned for construction
    • MN Painlevé (S631) - planned for construction
  • Durance-class Fleet Replenishment Oilers (5) - 1988
    • MN Durance (A629)
    • MN Marne (A630)
    • MN Somme (A631)
    • MN Meuse (A632)
    • MN Var (A633)
  • Lapérouse-class Hydrographic Survey Vessels (3) - 1988
    • MN Lapérouse (A791)
    • MN Borda (A792)
    • MN Laplace (A793)
  • Thetis-class Mine Countermeasures Vessel (1) - 1988
    • MN Thestis (A785)
  • Monge-class Missile Tracking Ship (1) - 1992
    • MN Monge (A601)
  • Beautemps-Beaupré-class Oceanographic Survey Vessel (1) - 2003
    • MN Beautemps-Beaupré (A758)
  • Alizée-class Diving Support Ship (1) - 2005
    • MN Alizée (A645)
  • Dupuy de Lôme-class Communications Intelligence Ship (1) - 2006
    • MN Dupuy de Lôme (A759)
  • Éridan-class Minehunter (13) - 1981
    • MN Éridan (M641)
    • MN Cassiopée (M642)
    • MN Andromède (M643)
    • MN Pégase (M644)
    • MN Orion (M645)
    • MN Croix du Sud (M646)
    • MN Aigle (M647)
    • MN Lyre (M648)
    • MN Persée (M649)
    • MN Sagittaire (M650)
    • MN Verseau (M651)
    • MN Céphée (M652)
    • MN Capricorne (M653)
  • Vulcain-class Mine "Clearance Divers" Support Vessel (4) - 1986
    • MN Vulcain (M611)
    • MN Achéron (M613)
    • MN Styx (M614)
    • MN Pluton (M622)
  • Antarès-class Sonar Towing Vessel (3) - 1993
    • MN Antarès (M770)
    • MN Altaïr (M771)
    • MN Aldébaran (M772)
  • L'Audacieuse-class Patrol Vessel (10) - 1986
    • MN La Audacieuse (P682)
    • MN La Boudeuse (P683)
    • MN La Capricieuse (P684)
    • MN La Fougueuse (P685)
    • MN La Glorieuse (P686)
    • MN La Gracieuse (P687)
    • MN La Moqueuse (P688)
    • MN La Railleuse (P689)
    • MN La Rieuse (P690)
    • MN Tapageuse (P691)
  • Grebe-class Patrol Vessel (1) - 1990
    • MN Grebe (P679)
  • Arago-class Patrol Vessel (1) - 1991
    • MN Arago (P675)
  • Jonquille-class Patrol Boat (2) - 1995
    • MN Jonquille (P721)
    • MN Jasmin (P723)
  • Geranium-class Patrol Boat (2) - 1996
    • MN Geranium (P720)
    • MN Violette (P722)
  • Flamant-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (3) - 1997
    • MN Flamant (P676)
    • MN Cormoran (P677)
    • MN Pluvier (P678)
  • Fulmar-class Patrol Vessel (1) - 1997
    • MN Fulmar (P740)
  • Elorn-class Patrol Boat (24) - 2003
    • MN Elorn (P601)
    • MN Verdon (P602)
    • MN Adour (P603)
    • MN Scarpe (P604)
    • MN Vertonne (P605)
    • MN Dumbéa (P606)
    • MN Yser (P607)
    • MN Argens (P608)
    • MN Hérault (P609)
    • MN Gravona (P610)
    • MN Odet (P611)
    • MN Maury (P612)
    • MN Charente (P613)
    • MN Tech (P614)
    • MN Penfeld (P615)
    • MN Trieux (P616)
    • MN Vésubie (P617)
    • MN Escaut (P618)
    • MN Huveaune (P619)
    • MN Sèvre (P620)
    • MN Aber Wrac'h (P621)
    • MN Esteron (P622)
    • MN Mahury (P623)
    • MN Organabo (P624)
  • L'Adroit-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (1) - 2012
    • MN L'Adroit (P725)
  • D'Entrecasteaux-class Patrol Vessel (3, 1 UC) - 2016
    • MN D'Entrecasteaux (A621)
    • MN Bougainville (A622)
    • MN Champlain (A623)
    • MN Dumont d'Urville (A624) - under construction

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