Paris – There will be much national pride and honor when French industry hands over July 12 to the Navy the first nuclear-powered Barracuda attack submarine, a new-generation boat three years late and generating an initial loss in the contract worth €9.1 billion ($10.2 billion) for six units.
President Emmanuel Macron and armed forces minister Florence Parly are due to go to Cherbourg, northern France, for the formal hand over, pointing up the political significance of the Barracuda program.
The first Barracuda boat will be christened Suffren, named after Pierre André de Suffren, an admiral who fought the British on the high seas in the 18th century and highly regarded by the French Navy.
A delay of delivery was to be expected in view of program complexity and the time needed to train a labor force to build a nuclear submarine, an executive said.
“This is one of most complex programs in the world,” Vincent Martinot Lagarde, Naval Group program director, told a July 9 press conference. There was a concurrent development and building of the first boat of the Barracuda series, which meant this was a “difficult” project, which took time to master.
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