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  1. French submarine Redoutable

    Redoutable was the lead ship of her class of ballistic missile submarines in the French Marine Nationale. Commissioned on 1 December 1971, she was the first French SNLE. She was fitted with 16 M1 ballistic missiles, delivering 450 kt at 2,000 kilometres. In 1974, she was refitted with the M2 missile, and later with the M20, each delivering a one-megatonne warhead at a range over 3,000 kilometres. Redoutable was the only ship of her class not to be refitted with the M4 missile. Redoutable had a 20-year duty history, with 51 patrols of 70 days each, totalling an estimated 90,000 hours of diving and 1.27 million kilometres of distance, the equivalent of travelling 32 times around the Earth. She was decommissioned in 1991. In 2000, she was removed from the water and placed in a purpose-built 136 metres dry dock, and over two years was made into an exhibition. This was a monumental task, the biggest portion of which was removing the nuclear reactor and replacing the midsection with an empty steel tube.


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