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French Navy gets reach to receive next batch of amphibious landing crafts

17th November 2023 - 03:16 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland


The first EDA-S, Arbalete, in the floating dock of FS Dixmude for the first time during Exercise Cold Response 2022. (DGA)

There has been slow progress getting the first pair of Engins de Debarquement Amphibie – Standards (EDA-S) amphibious landing craft into service with the French Navy but this has been expected to change.

The second pair of the French Navy's new Standard Amphibious Landing Crafts (EDA-S), numbers 3 and 4 will be due for acceptance shortly with another four EDA-S to follow next year.

A spokesperson for the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) told Shephard: ‘EDA-S 3 and 4 have been carried from Saint-Malo to [French naval base] Toulon at the end of October. Some finishing works are being realised for a delivery to DGA and naval forces.’

French shipbuilder Socarenam, located in Saint-Malo, was awarded a contract in January 2019 for the delivery of 14 EDA-S. The first pair, EDA-S 1 and

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Tim Fish


Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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