French submarine Saphir (S602)
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|Laid down:||1 September 1979|
|Launched:||1 September 1981|
|Commissioned:||6 July 1984|
|Fate:||In active service|
|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)|
|Speed:||over 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)|
|Test depth:||over 300 m (980 ft)|
In September 2001, the boat torpedoed and sank the ex-destroyer D'Estrées expended as a target ship off Toulon.
On 6 March 2015 it was reported that in a later erased blogspot of the French Navy and Defense Ministry that during a recent training exercise off Florida Saphir, in her role as part of the "enemy" attack group, had "sunk" the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its escort.
- "SSN Rubis Amethyste Class, France". naval-technology.com. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
- "U.S. aircraft carrier and part of its escort "sunk" by French submarine during drills off Florida". theaviationist.com. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
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