Poster SSN Emeraude
A digital drawing of the French SSN "Emeraude" inspired by the official tampion of the ship.
The Ruby Class is a class of six Nuclear Attack Submarines launched in the early 1980s, and still in service today. Their mission: submarine warfare, escorting convoys (SSBN, aircraft carriers, etc.) and electronic intelligence.
Replacing the classic Agosta-type submarines, the Rubis are the smallest nuclear submersibles in the world, thanks to a particularly compact nuclear boiler. Proof of French know-how, both in design and maintenance, they are still in active service even though the seed will soon be approaching 40 years.
The Emerald is the fourth in the series. Launched in 1986, she was admitted to active service in 1988. During her career, she underwent an overhaul known as "AMETHYST" (bow in "yellowfin" shape, enveloping gangway bridge and technical improvements).
The Emeraude suffered a very serious accident during its career: on March 30, 1994, during an exercise, a steam leak killed 11 crew members in the turbo-alternator compartment. This is the deadliest accident to date on a French nuclear submarine.
In a different register, the Emeraude actively participated in the search for the black boxes of flight AF 447 Air France which crashed on June 1, 2009.
These submarines, nearly 74 meters long and 2,400 tonnes, carry 68 crew members for missions sometimes longer than three months. They are equipped with wire-guided F17 torpedoes, mines and EXOCET SM39 missiles. The S.N.A. Rubies can also deploy commando teams as close as possible to the coast.
This poster comes from a series of 6 posters, directly inspired by the tampion of each building.
A tampion was originally a wooden stopper intended to protect artillery from moisture. Nowadays, it is a decorative object bringing together the symbols and strong values of the building it represents.
The poster was produced using Procreate and Ipad Pro in 2020.
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