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18:15  22 july  2019
18:15  22 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Minerve submarine was lost off France's southern coast with 52 sailors on board on January 17, 1968 AFP/File. A private search vessel has located a French submarine that went missing in the western Mediterranean more than 50 years ago, officials said Monday, raising hopes the mystery

Mediterranean . Air shot of Toulon submarine 'Minerve' which has got lost in Mediterranean Sea. Air shot of French warships searching around the

French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean © STF The Minerve submarine was lost off France's southern coast with 52 sailors on board on January 17, 1968

A private search vessel has located a French submarine that went missing in the western Mediterranean more than 50 years ago, officials said Monday, raising hopes the mystery over the disappearance can finally be solved.

"It's a success, a relief and a technical feat," Defence Minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter, after the wreck was discovered off the southern French port of Toulon.

"I am thinking of the families who have waited for this moment for so long."

The Minerve submarine was lost off France's southern coast with 52 sailors on board on January 17, 1968.

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French submarine Minerve (S647). Read in another language. Watch this page. Edit. Minerve was a diesel–electric submarine in the French Navy. The vessel was one of nine of the Daphné class. In January 1968 , Minerve was lost with all hands while returning to her home port of Toulon.

A French submarine that has been missing for more than 50 years has been located by a search team. French Defence Minister Florence Parly tweeted the announcement on Monday, describing the discovery as a "relief and technical feat". Fifty-two sailors were on board the Minerve when it vanished

Despite multiple search efforts over the years, it had never been found.

Parly announced a new search mission at the beginning of 2019, backed by the latest technology and naval vessels, following fresh demands from the families of deceased sailors to find the remains of their loved ones.

Tides and currents in the western Mediterranean were modelled by the team, while data from the time of the accident was also re-analysed, including seismic reports indicating the likely implosion of the vessel as it dropped to the seabed.

But the discovery was ultimately made by a boat belonging to private US company Ocean Infinity, which found the Minerve 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Toulon at a depth of 2,370 metres (7,800 feet), a senior French naval officer told AFP.

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In January 1968 , the 15th Submarine Squadron was part of the 29th Ballistic Missile Division at Rybachiy, commanded by Admiral Viktor A. Dygalo. It was one of four mysterious submarine disappearances in 1968 ; the others being the Israeli submarine INS Dakar, the French submarine

submarine -minerve- lost - in - mediterranean . Add to WorkSpace. Air shot of Toulon submarine 'Minerve' which has got lost in Mediterranean Sea. Air shot of French warships searching around the Mediterranean for the submarine , including aircraft carrier "Clemenceau".

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French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean
French submarine lost in 1968 located in Mediterranean

The boat, the Seabed Constructor, arrived on the scene last Tuesday, the officer said on condition of anonymity.

The Seabed Constructor was also successful in locating Argentina's lost San Juan submarine in November 2018 which had disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean a year earlier.

Naval mystery

The cause of the accident involving the Minerve has never been announced.

Experts have speculated that it could have been due to a problem with its rudder, a collision with another boat, the explosion of a missile or torpedo, or a fault with its oxygen supply systems.

The 1960s were deadly times for submarine crews, with a host of accidents reported around the world.

In April 1963, the nuclear-powered USS Thresher sank with 129 people aboard off Cape Cod, while 99 lives were lost in the USS Scorpion when it sank in the Atlantic five years later.

Also in 1968, the Soviet K-129 submarine armed with three nuclear missiles was lost in the North Pacific. It was found by the US in a covert operation in 1974.

The year 1968 was also marked by the disappearance of The Dakar, an Israeli vessel carrying out its maiden voyage with 69 men on board.

It disappeared and was only found off the Greek island of Crete in 1999.

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