The new French multi-purpose nuclear submarine “Duguet-Truen” has successfully passed the first sea trials. According to Interfax, this was stated by French Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu.
During the tests, which took place in the English Channel from March 27 to 28, the Barracuda-class attack submarine successfully completed the dive.
It can carry 20 rounds of heavy Black Shark torpedoes and Scalp Naval and Exocet sea-launched cruise missiles.
Currently, the submarine has returned to the shipyard in Cherbourg. Testing will continue over the next few months in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
The submarine is the second built under the Barracuda program. The French Navy already has one similar fleet submarine, the Suffren.
In total, the French Navy plans to take into service six of these submarines. They will replace the Ryubi-class submarines.
At the moment, the French fleet has four strategic nuclear submarines with intercontinental ballistic missiles of the Triumfan type, four attack nuclear submarines of the Ruby type and one Suffren type.
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