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Admiral Prazuck: “Our defences begin at sea”

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Admiral Prazuck: “Our defences begin at sea”

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Admiral Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy, explains his priorities and his vision. His top priorities, in three words, are: renewal, refurbishment and resilience. 

Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy since July 2016, has not previously spoken at any length to the media. In this interview granted to Mer et Marine, the Admiral explains his priorities and his vision, and outlines his thinking on operations, equipment replacement, human resources and other matters. The French Navy, which has been particularly busy on many fronts for several years now, operates in a complex geostrategic environment marked by rising instability and the growing importance of matters maritime in general. Against a backdrop of ever more varied threats and more countries investing in submarines and surface combatants, France can only respond by maintaining a strong fleet of technologically advanced vessels with global reach and the resources to protect French interests and territories around the world.

Mer et Marine: What are your top priorities as Chief of Staff of the French Navy?

Admiral Christophe Prazuck: Renewal, refurbishment and resilience.

The renewal of our combat and territorial fleets is a vast programme. It began in 2000, will continue into the 2030s, and will end with the delivery of the fifth FTI medium-size frigate and the sixth Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarine, or SSN. By then, we will also have completed the renewal of our Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft and La Fayette-class frigates as well as various classes of patrol vessels, not to mention the replacement of much of the equipment used by our special forces. Overall, we need to renew all units designed in the 1970s and ensure that we are always ready to face the threats of the day. This is absolutely essential.

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