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Entrecasteaux B2M (bâtiment multi-missions)

The B2M Bâtiment Multi-Mission hauturier [Offshore Multi-Mission Vessel] is a "Sea Proven" vessel capable of carrying out varied missions with a high availability rate at sea. Originally, the Multi-Mission Vessels were intended to replace the TRAnsport Léger (acronym BATRAL) of the Champlain class, commissioned in 1974. Although, extremely useful, they had gradually Been removed from service. Unlike BATRAL, the B2M do not have any real amphibious capacity, because the barge of 8 meters does not allow claiming such capacity.

These vessels are intended to carry out overseas sovereignty missions: presence, surveillance and protection of French interests in exclusive economic zones, force projection, logistical support and protection and assistance for the benefit of the population. Armed by a crew of 20 sailors and a displacement of about 2,300 tons loaded, the B2M can reach a speed of 13 knots. They will allow missions of 30 days without refueling and will be able to sail 200 days a year.

Capable of carrying out long operations in the EEZs, the B2M enables the fulfillment of public service missions such as humanitarian assistance, pollution control, towing, logistical support and rescue / research (SAR). The ship is also capable of carrying out military missions such as surveillance, the fight against piracy or the prevention of irregular immigration.

The versatile design allows for integration of optional systems. Arrangements include divers with a dedicated platform, and 30 tons traction capacity at fixed point. Medical space with a treatment room, operating theater and telemedicine facilities, as well as capacity for 20 shipwrecked or refugees

Kership, the joint venture created by the shipyard Piriou and DCNS, delivered the first multi-mission vessels (B2M - bâtiment multi-missions) to the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on 25 March. D'Entrecasteaux soon joined its home port of Noumea in New Caledonia. Three multi-mission vessels were commissioned by the DGA to the Kership group of companies on 30 December 2013. The second and third B2Ms were destined respectively for Polynesia and Réunion. The update of the Military Planning Act 2014-2019 provides for the commissioning of a fourth B2M.

On 25 March 2016, the Directorate-General for Armaments (DGA) received the "d'Entrecasteaux", the first multi-mission building (B2M). This new ship of the Navy will soon join its home port of Noumea in New Caledonia. Three multi-mission buildings were commissioned by the DGA to the Kership grouping, jointly owned by industrialists Piriou and DCNS, on 30 December 2013. The second and third B2Ms are destined respectively for Polynesia and Réunion. The update of the Military Planning Act 2014-2019 provided for the commissioning of a fourth B2M.

The first B2M, D'Entrecasteaux, received on 25 March 2016, joined its home port of Noumea in New Caledonia on 29 July. The Bougainville, second multi-mission building, which was received on September 16, 2016, was stationed in Papeete in French Polynesia on December 16, 2016. The third B2M, the Champlain, which was scheduled to be received early in 2017, before the summer of 2017.

Arriving at Noumea on 29 July 2016, the B2M Entrecasteaux replaces Batral Jacques Cartier. On December 23, 2016, D'Entrecasteaux, a multi-mission vessel (B2M), completed a nearly one-month surveillance and protection of maritime areas. Within a few hours of departure, D'Entrecasteaux took part in the Uatio III fisheries police operation in the waters of the Chesterfield Archipelago, an illegal fishing zone. It thus reinforced the aeromaritime means of the FANC already mobilized for the fight against illegal fishing: the surveillance frigate Vendémiaire , patroller La Moqueuse , the tactical transport plane Casa and the patrol and maritime surveillance aircraft Gardian. On its way to the Solomon Islands, D'Entrecasteaux patrolled in the reefs of Belep and D'Entrecasteaux, north of the exclusive economic zone of New Caledonia.

At the beginning of December, the B2M intercepted a vessel in an illegal fishing situation following a report by the Australian Maritime Border Command. His crew , with air support provided by the Air Force Casa, quickly deployed a visiting crew aboard the ship that was able to detect the illegal fishing offense. Equipment and fishery products were apprehended or neutralized: 4 tonnes of sea cucumbers were also stored on board the French vessel at the request of the New Caledonia Maritime Affairs Directorate. This was the first operational mission of this ship in the Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC).

This first operational mission of the D'Entrecasteaux, during which more than 10,000 kilometers were traveled, made it possible to fully integrate the new vessel into maritime surveillance and protection operations, to refine its concept of employment and To confirm its interoperability with the aeromaritime means of the FANC and the riparian countries.

The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) confirmed 26 January 2017 to the company Kership, co-owned by the industrialists Piriou and DCNS, the construction of the 4th multi-mission building (B2M) which will be dubbed the Dumont d'Urville. This order completes the order of three vessels on December 30, 2013. It will be delivered in the second half of 2018.

Type Offshore patrol vessel
light1500 tonnes
full load2300 tonnes
Length 65 m (213 ft)
Beam 14 m (46 ft)
Draft 4.20 m (13.8 ft)
Speed 15 knots (28 km/h)
Distance 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots
Troops 20
Complement 20
Equipment17 ton hydraulic crane
  • Winch of towing or assistance (30 tons at the fixed poin)
  • Containers EVP standard or 2 vehicles or possibility of a light helicopter medium development
  • Barge of 8 meters
  • Significant storage capacity for diesel, gasoline and / or fresh water refueling
  • 2 fire hoses Molitor
  • Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Homeport French Navy
    A621 D'Entrecasteaux 25 Apr 2014 31 Jul 2015 25 Mar 2016 Nouméa
    A622 Bougainville 2015 26 Feb 2016 16 Sep 2016 Papeete
    A... Champlain 2015 22 Aug 2016 Early 2017 Port-des-Galets
    A... Dumont d'Urville 2018 Fort-de-France

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