The late 1800s saw the arrival of the first torpedo boats and military submarines. Naval Group’ experience in submarines dates back to this era, with the launch in 1863 of Le Plongeur, the world’s first motorized submarine. It was followed by Le Gymnote in 1886, one of the world’s first diesel-electric submarines, and Le Narval in 1899, the world’s first operational torpedo-carrying submarine. Both were built in shipyards that are now part of Naval Group.
Fast forward to 2016. Naval Group is one of the few companies in the world to have design competencies in nuclear and conventional submarines, having safely delivered 37 submarines, ranging from 2,000 tonnes to 14,000 tonnes, in the past 50 years. Naval Group currently designs, builds and/or maintains Scorpène® 2000 submarines for Brazil, Malaysia, India and Chile. Naval Group is designing and building the new Barracuda SSN attack submarine for the French Navy, the first of which will enter service in 2017. Naval group is also responsible for France’s current fleet of Le Triomphant-class SSBN submarines.
Discover how Naval Group overcomes some of the deepest challenges of submarine design and construction.