DCNS changes its name to Naval Group

Europe’s largest naval shipbuilder, DCNS, has today officially changed its name to Naval Group.


Naval Group, it’s the new name for Europe’s largest naval shipbuilder. 

DCSN has officially changed its name to Naval Group, said to be a natural step in the company’s history, aimed at aligning with our ambitions to guarantee exposure and credibility in international markets.

“The creation of a strong, unifying brand that embodies both our heritage and our expertise will enable us to meet two major objectives,” Naval Group CEO, Herve Guillou said.

“These are to continue to attract and retain the best and brightest talent for our workforce and to increase our international reach and win new markets”, Mr Guillou said.

“We are extremely proud of our history and what we have achieved but we also believe it is important to look forward and think about what opportunities are ahead,” he said.

“Last year we secured our company’s largest international contract for the design and build of Australia’s next generation of 12 submarines.

“This contract combined with the creation of our marine renewable energy subsidiary recently represents the beginning of the next significant phase of our company.

“We are a truly global company and we feel it is only appropriate to start this new phase with our new, stronger identity.

“Our name change of course, will have no impact on our commitment to deliver Australia’s next generation of submarines.

“We are honored to be undertaking this important project for the Australian Government and the Australian people.

“The Future Submarine Program is an exciting project that will grow the overall workforce and provide opportunities for generations of Australians,” Mr Guillou said.

Questions & Answers

Why is the DCNS changing the name?

Following a comprehensive review of our brand and our service offerings we decided it was time to update the brand to better reflect who we are now and where we want to be in the future.

DCNS is not a real acronym. It stems from when we were a wholly owned French Government body called “direction des constructions navales”. We have grown so much since that time.

Today, we are a truly global company with a powerful global presence. Being chosen to design and build the next generation of submarines for the Australian Government is a good example and marks a real turning point for our company and our long-term industrial presence outside of France.

The launch of our energies subsidiary is another good example and marks the culmination of more than a decade of investment in marine renewable energy (MRE) and signals the Group’s desire to move from an R&D phase into a phase of industrial development to become a global leader.

What does NAVAL Group mean?

NAVAL Group is a strong, unifying brand that embodies both our heritage and our expertise and immediately refers to our core areas of activity.

Will NAVAL Group still offer the same business areas as DCNS?

Yes. Naval Group will continue to design, produce and sustain submarines and surface ships. The Group will also continue to provide services for naval shipyards and bases and offer a wide range of marine renewable energy solutions.

What impact does this name change have on Australia?

Other than the change in name, there will be no impact to our commitment to design and build Australia’s next generation of submarines.

The Future Submarine Program is one of the most important projects for Australia and is equally important to the France-Australia relationship. It is our honour to be undertaking this project for our nation’s important strategic ally.

What happens next?

The official name change takes place on the 28th June. New branding material will be rolled out over the coming weeks.

About Naval Group

Naval Group is the European leader in naval defence and a major player in marine renewable energy. The Group’s success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how, unique industrial resources and an ability to develop innovative strategic partnerships. Naval Group designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into marine renewable energy. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, Naval Group is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. Naval Group generates annual revenues of €3.2 billion and employs around 12,800 people (2016 data).

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