DCNS (formerly the Direction Technique des Constructions Navales and the Direction des Constructions Navales) is a naval defence company based in France and is one of Europe's leading shipbuilders.
The group designs, builds and supports surface combatants, submarines, systems and equipments. DCNS is also expanding into new markets in civil nuclear energy, marine renewable energy and naval and industrial services.
DCNS has a heritage of 350 years. Major shipyards were built in France in Ruelle (1751), Nantes-Indret (1771), Lorient (1778) and, subsequently, in Cherbourg (1813). Others were to follow. As early as 1926, what we know as DCNS today already had all the facilities now owned by the Group in mainland France.
In 1997, the French government decided to reform its shipbuilding and procurement system for naval systems. Design and procurement were separated from production. DCN retained the industrial part.
In 2000, DCN was transformed into a national service under the direct responsibility of the Minister of Defence, no longer under DGA. In 2001 the French government announced plans to transform DCN into a private company.
In 2002, DCN and Thales established the joint company Armaris to exploit their......