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Today’s submarines are the pinnacle of technology, the most sophisticated constructions in shipbuilding ever. In 1971, the Redoutable entered active service, a 9,000-ton vessel able to dive to a depth of several hundred meters, carrying 16 ballistic missiles armed with nuclear warheads. The Suffren, coming out of the Cherbourg shipyards in 2022 is an under-sea predator, it doesn’t have nuclear warheads, yet its weapons arsenal is state of the art. Its task is to protect aircraft carriers and missile-carrying submarines of the French Navy’s Strategic Ocean Force.

The Rubis, commissioned in 1933, is an unsung veteran of the Free French Navy during the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1944, it sank more ships than the entire French navy. So, let’s run silent and deep onboard three formidable submarines.