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ed aircraft carrier
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and 10 nuclear-powered submarine
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s, four of which are capable of launching intercontinental ballistic missiles
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. The total displacement of the navy (2002) is approx. 490,000 tons, making the French navy one of the largest in the world.
Its motto is Honneur, Patrie, Valeur, Discipline ("Honour, Fatherland, Valour, Discipline") and these words are found on the deck of every ship in the fleet.
The French navy is affectionately known as La Royale ("the Royal").