Poster Rubis class submarine "Saphir"
A digital drawing of the nuclear french attack submarine "Saphir" (Rubis class) in dry dock.
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 first of the serie will soon be approaching 40 years.
The Saphir, here represented on its tin line, 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 "Albacore" shape, enveloping bridge 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 "Perle" iwhich catched on fire in June 2020 in Toulon. The reparations 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 was produced using Procreate and iPad Pro in 2020
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