French nuclear attack submarine Perle suffers serious damage from fire

The fire aboard the nuclear attack submarine Perle was extinguished on June 13, 2020, at 1:50 am, after more than 14 hours of operations that mobilized a hundred firefighters and over 150 people to support them. Thanks to the intervention coordinated by Vice-Admiral Isnard, Commander of the Mediterranean Maritime Area, no one was injured.

The fight against the fire saw the commitment of the firefighters of the Toulon Naval Base, of the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS) of Var, of the Battalion of the Marseille Fire Brigade, and crew-members of other submarines as well as the staff of the nuclear attack submarine squadron (SNA) and the School of Submarine Navigation and Nuclear Powered Vessels (ENSM-BPN).

The fire broke out in a drydock at Toulon naval base, where the SNA Perle has been on a technical maintenance shutdown since January 13, 2020. There is no nuclear risk, as her nuclear fuel had been removed as part of the technical shutdown. No weapons (missiles, torpedoes, ammunition) or batteries were aboard the submarine when the fire broke out.

Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, welcomes the commitment of the forces to fight the fire, and she will travel today to Toulon accompanied by Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of the Naval Staff.

SOURCE: FRENCH DEFENCE MINISTRY