French submarine Perle (S606)

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the Perle submarine
History
France
Namesake: Pearl
Laid down: 22 March 1987
Launched: 22 September 1990
Commissioned: 7 July 1993
Homeport: Toulon
Fate: In active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Rubis class submarine
Displacement: 2600 t (2400 t surfaced)
Length: 73.6 m (241 ft)
Beam: 7.6 m (25 ft)
Draught: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Propulsion:
  • Pressurised water K48 nuclear reactor (48 MW) ; 2 turbo-alternators ; 1 electric engine (7 MW); one propeller
  • 1 diesel-alternators SEMT Pielstick 8 PA 4V 185 SM; one auxiliary engine, 5 MW.
Speed: over 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 km; 9,800 mi)
Test depth: over 300 m
Complement:
  • 10 officers
  • 52 warrant officers
  • 8 petty officers
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • DMUX 20 multifonction
  • ETBF DSUV 62C tugged antenna
  • DSUV 22 microphone system
  • DRUA 33 radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
ARUR 13
Armament:
  • 4 × 533mm tubes.[1]
  • total mixed load of 14
    • F17 mod2 torpedoes
    • 14 Exocet SM39
  • mines

Perle is a first-generation nuclear attack submarine of the French Navy.

Mis en chantier on March 27, 1987, the boat was launched on September 22, 1990, and admitted to active duty service on July 7, 1993.

The boat is the sixth and last of the Rubis series.

The boat was deployed in the Royal Navy Auriga 2010 exercise alongside 7 Royal Navy war ships and 1 U.S.Navy destroyer.

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