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    Long-Lost French Submarine Finally Found in Mediterranean Sea

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    On 27 January 1968, during the exercises of the French fleet, the French submarine “La Minerve” disappeared in the Mediterranean with 52 people on board.

    According to France's Defence Minister Florence Parly, a naval mission to locate and recover a French submarine that was lost without trace has located the vessel.

    "It's a success, a relief and a technical feat," Parly wrote on Twitter.

    A special autonomous underwater vessel belonging to the French Institute for the Exploration and Exploitation of the Sea (Infremer) was used to search for the submarine.

    ​The submarine was lost near the French port of Toulon off France's southern coast.

    The French submarine "La Minerve" (S647) was a diesel–electric submarine and belonged to the Daphné class. In total, there were 9 such boats in the French Navy. The last of them was decommissioned in 1990. The length of the hull at the waterline was 58 metres and the vessel was 7 metres long.  It had an underwater displacement of 1,045 tonnes and could travel at a speed of 16 knots underwater.

    The boat had a range of almost 9 thousand km and a high margin of safety.

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