The Suffren, the first in a series of six new nuclear-powered attack submarines, was officially launched by Emmanuel Macron this Friday in Cherbourg (Manche).
"It changes," said the President of the Republic, facing the giant of the deep sea. 99 m long, in black steel, the Suffren is impressive by its size but especially by its military capabilities, as we told you in detail last Monday. It will be able to sail independently for 70 days and at 350 m depth.
No less than 700 guests attended the launch, including Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds. Australia has acquired 12 submarines of this class named Barracuda in a non-nuclear version with diesel-electric propulsion. Former Prime Minister and former mayor of Cherbourg Bernard Cazeneuve was also present.
The Head of State met the industrial teams and the crew members. It includes 63 people and two ears of gold, these specialists able to identify external noise through sonar.
A potentially mixed crew
Emmanuel Macron also visited the bowels of the submarine including its "digital heart", the operations center from which the building is commanded.
Another feature of the Suffren that differentiates it from the Ruby class: the crew may include women, the size of the submarine making possible separate compartments. In the same way, the rooms have a capacity of 6 people, against 12 before.
Last notable features, the submarine will carry cruise missiles (MdCN) of 1,000 km range and may deploy special forces with submarine propulsion.