Poster SSN Saphir
A digital drawing of the French SSN "Saphir" 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 Sapphire is the second in the series. Launched in 1981, she was admitted to active service in 1984. During her career, she underwent a so-called "AMETHYST" overhaul (bow in "yellowfin" shape, enveloping footbridge and technical improvements).
The Saphir was decommissioned in July 2019 in Cherbourg. However, there is talk of using its front part to graft it to the hull of the severely damaged S 606 "Pearl" in June 2020 in Toulon. The works are to take place during 2021.
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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