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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} {{#invoke:Navbox|navbox}} The French Navy (French: Marine nationale{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, "national navy"), informally La Royale{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, is the maritime arm of the French Armed Forces.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Tracing its roots back to 1624{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} it is one of the world's oldest naval forces and historically played a key part in establishing the French colonial empire. Since the early foundings, its roles have been defined as maintaining intelligence, protecting populations, preventing crises, intervening wherever necessary to reestablish peace, and dissuading any threats against vital French interests.<ref>Missions, Ministry of Defence</ref> The Marine nationale consists of four branches, the Force d'Action Navale, the Forces Sous-marines, the Aeronavale and the Fusiliers Marins (including Commandos de Marine). As a blue-water navy<ref>Intervenir, Ministry of Defence</ref> the Marine nationale operates a wide range of fighting vessels, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, nuclear-powered submarines, frigates, patrol boats and support ships. The French Navy does not use prefixes of the names of its ships (such as the Royal Navy uses HMS, for instance). Foreign commentators sometimes use the prefixes "FS" (for "French Ship") or FNS (for "French Navy Ship"); these are not official, however.

As of June 2014, the French Navy employed a total of 36,776 regular personnel. The reserve element of the French Navy consisted of 4,827 personnel of the Operational Reserve.<ref name="Key figures in 2014">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} (HTML Version)</ref>

The motto of the navy is Honneur, patrie, valeur, discipline ("Honour, Fatherland, Valour, Discipline") and these words are found on the deck of every ship in the fleet.


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