On 2nd September 2019, OCCAR EA Director Mr Arturo Alfonso Meiriño visited Saint-Nazaire OCCAR LSS PD premises, located in the “Chantiers de l’Atlantique” shipyard facilities. He was accompanied by Eng. Gen. Laurent Sellier, Director of the Naval Management Unit of the French “Direction Générale de l’Armement”.
In the wake of LSS PD expansion with the opening of Paris site on 15th February 2019, the new OCCAR satellite of Saint-Nazaire was activated on 3rd June 2019, with the arrival of a first Platform Support Officer, to that will be supplemented in July by a second Staff Member.
The first national Software Defined Radio (SDR) workshop of the ESSOR Community was held on February 21st 2019, at the Roma Tre University in Rome (Italy), through the patronage of the Italian Directorate for ICT and Advanced Technologies (TELEDIFE). This workshop is the first of a series of initiatives that the ESSOR Programme Committee has decided to launch, within every ESSOR Participating State to foster the diffusion of the “ESSOR Culture” in Academia.
OCCAR has placed on January 30th a new Logistic Support Ship (LSS) contract for 1.7 b€ (VAT incl.) on behalf of the French Defence procurement agency “Direction générale de l’armement” (DGA).
In accordance with the French Defence planning law 2019-2025, this contract will enable the French Navy to progressively phase out the current ageing logistic fleet and commission 4 brand new vessels, the first two of which shall be delivered by 2025.