Fire Breaks Abroad French Navy Nuclear Attack Submarine Perle

A fire broke out abroad the French Navy nuclear attack submarine Perle (S606) on June 12 while the boat was undergoing renovation work in Toulon.

According to reports, all workers and sailors aboard the submarine were safely evacuated with dozens of firefighters currently battling a blaze.

According to an official with the regional maritime authority, the submarine’s nuclear reactor, nuclear fuel and weapons were removed five months ago in preparation for the renovation work, so there is no radioactive risk from the blaze.

The firefighting operation is being coordinated by the French Navy and the Var Department of Fire and Rescue. Thirty firefighters and 11 specialized disaster response vehicles from the Navy’s Marseille Naval Fire Battalion are on the scene.

Perle submarine fire
Firefighters on scene battling fire which broke abroad the French Navy nuclear attack submarine Perle (S606) on June 12, 2020. Photo: French Mediterranean Maritime Prefecture.

The renovations on Perle submarine are being conducted by Naval Group at its site in Toulon. The submarine entered the maintenance period on January 13, 2020.

French submarine Perle (S606)
French Navy Rubis-class nuclear attack submarine Perle (S606) arriving at Naval Group’s Toulon site for a major technical shutdown. Naval Group photo.

French submarine Perle (S606)

Perle is the sixth and last of the Rubis-class of first-generation nuclear attack submarine (SSN) of the French Navy. The Rubis-class boats are the most compact nuclear attack submarines to date.

Construction of the boat began on March 27, 1987. She was launched on September 22, 1990, and entered active duty service on July 7, 1993.

FS Perle (S606)
FS Perle (S606). a Rubis-class first-generation nuclear attack submarine of the French Navy.



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