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CNIM receives contract for French EDA-S

24th January 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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CNIM, in partnership with Socarenam, Mauric and CNN MCO, has received a contract to replace the French Navy's existing landing craft with 14 new Standard Amphibious Landing Craft (EDA-S), the company announced on 21 January.

Of the 14 EDA-S craft, eight will be assigned to the navy's amphibious flotilla based in Toulon, France, replacing existing equipment transport barges. The other six will be deployed overseas, replacing various logistics barges: two in Djibouti and one each in Mayotte, Nouméa, Fort-de-France and Kourou.

The EDA-S is designed to carry 65t in its nominal load configuration, and has a maximum load of 80t. It can conduct amphibious operations in very shallow water less than 1m deep.

The vessels will conduct amphibious operations from the well decks of Mistral-class amphibious assault ships. They will be used to transport personnel, equipment or vehicles and can also be deployed to evacuate citizens and recover air-dropped equipment during humanitarian missions.

The vessels will be built over a ten-year period.

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