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L'Argonaute (Submarine) Flagship For French Navy

The Argonaute is a submarine of Aréthuse class and was launched on 23rd October 1958. 

She was the fourth ship of the French Navy to bear the name of Argonaute and gave 24 years of service as the Flagship within the French Toulon submarine squadron.

The Argonaute spent over 2,000 days at sea and a unbelievable 32,000 plus hours underwater and eventually the Argonaute was decommissioned on 31st July 1982 and was disarmed in the same year after going enough distance to travel around the earth ten times!

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After seven years of negotiations the Amerami Association eventually managed to save this prototype submarine from the scrap yard, so that it could be restored, and from Toulon it was towed via Gibraltar, along the coast of Spain and Portugal, eventually to Le Havre.

On 25th September 1989, the Argonaute slowly made its way through the seven locks of the Saint-Denis Canal and once it had reached the quay on the Canal de l'Ourcq, the submarine was lifted from the water by giant cranes and then transported on a 96-wheel trailer to where the 400 tonne Argonaute would reach its final resting place.

And it was in 1991 that the Argonaute was finally ready to reveal its technological mysteries and wonder to the public in its now permanent berth, which is in the Parc de la Villette and opposite the Cité des Sciences in the 19th Arrondissement of Paris.

So after being refurbished for easy visiting, you can get see things like the crew stations and the torpedo launching housing, the periscope and the radar detectors, plus the exhibition shows the history and techniques of submarines.  You even have the use of headphones in different languages for ease of exploring the inside of the submarine.

So when you are visiting Paris, why not make the time to go and see this French submarine, which is a diesel marvel of its hey day, and fuel your curiosity for how those sailors lived and worked.

The Argonaute submarine is open to visitors from 10am through to 6pm on a Tuesday to Saturday and until 7pm on a Sunday, however it is closed on a Monday and on national holidays.

Address & Contact Details:

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
30 Avenue Corentin Cariou

Telephone: 1 40 05 70 00

L'Argonaute (Submarine) Flagship For French Navy

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