Users' questions

Has the Surcouf been found?

Has the Surcouf been found?

As no one has officially dived or verified the wreck of Surcouf, its location is unknown. If one assumes the Thompson Lykes incident was indeed the event of Surcouf’s sinking, then the wreck would lie 3,000 m (9,800 ft) deep at 10°40′N 79°32′WCoordinates: 10°40′N 79°32′W.

Who sank Surcouf?

One rumor asserted that Surcouf had attempted to torpedo the huge Allied troop carrier Queen Mary as she departed Boston. According to another tale, the sub was observed refueling a German U-boat and was promptly sunk by the American experimental submarines Marlin and Mackerel or by a Coast Guard blimp.

Does France have nuclear submarines?

The submarines of France include nuclear attack submarines and nuclear ballistic missile submarines of various classes, operated by the French Navy as part of the French Submarine Forces. Each French Navy vessel, including French submarines have for military awards and decorations their respective Fanions insignia.

Did they find the Minerva submarine?

In January 1968, Minerve was lost with all hands in bad weather while returning to her home port of Toulon. After more than 50 years missing, the location of the wreck was discovered in 2019, 45 kilometres (28 mi) south of Toulon.

What is French Navy called?

Marine nationale
The French Navy (French: Marine nationale, lit. ‘National Navy’), informally La Royale, is the maritime arm of the French Armed Forces and one of the five military service branches of France.

Is there a US Navy base in France?

Toulon Naval Base is the second-largest naval port in France. Located on the south-east coast of the country, the base is the home port of the French Navy Mediterranean fleet. Toulon also houses the Commander US Sixth Fleet (COMSIXTHFLT) office.

What sank the Minerva?

In January 1968, Minerve was lost with all hands in bad weather while returning to her home port of Toulon. Minerve sank two days after the submarine INS Dakar of the Israeli Navy disappeared in the eastern Mediterranean between Crete and Cyprus.

What sank the Dakar?

The exact cause of Dakar’s sinking remains unknown. It was one of four mysterious submarine disappearances in 1968; the others were those of the French submarine Minerve, the Soviet submarine K-129, and the U.S. submarine USS Scorpion….INS Dakar.

Draught 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m) forward 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m) aft