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France Pronounces Return of Nuclear Assault Submarine After Catastrophic Accident

The French Navy has introduced that its nuclear assault submarine Perle is now again in service after a catastrophic accident in 2020.

The Ruby-class sub had been unavailable throughout repairs after catching fireplace in a dry dock at Toulon naval base.

The incident broken the entrance half of the submarine, and French shipbuilder Naval Group was contracted to revive it.

In the course of the restoration, the Perle acquired numerous upgrades, together with the potential to fireside F21 heavyweight torpedoes initially designed for Suffren-class submarines.

The car’s broken entrance half was additionally changed by the entrance of a decommissioned sister submarine.

The newly-repaired Perle left dry dock in November 2022 and underwent a collection of dockside and sea trials.

The Accident

First produced within the Nineteen Seventies, the Ruby-class Perle is described as one of many world’s “most compact” nuclear-powered submarines.

It’s 73.6 meters (241 foot) lengthy and weighs 2,500 tons.

The submarine caught fireplace whereas present process main renovations, and the 14-hour blaze broken the metal hull, rendering it unusable.

Though the incident was catastrophic, the part housing the nuclear energy plant and propulsion was undamaged.

The French Navy stated the submarine had been inspected by all vital authorities earlier than returning to regular operations.