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The French sub that disappeared into the Mediterranean sea in 1968 was discovered, which ended in a 51-year-old mystery

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The wreckage of the Navy submarine that vanished in the Mediterranean sea in 1968, it has been found, ending a 51-year-old mystery.

The town of Minerve, disappeared on Jan. 27, 1968, with the loss of a 52-strong crew. Officials announced Tuesday that the remains of the Daphne-class submarine has been discovered on the French coast of the Var.

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“We have found out that the town of Minerve,” tweeted French minister of defence of Florence Parly on Tuesday. “It has been a success, it’s such a relief, and a technical tour de force. I think of the families who have been waiting for this moment for so long.”

Agence France-Presse is reporting that the sub was discovered, 18.5 nautical miles (21.3 km) from the train station, which is France’s principal naval base. The sub is divided into three parts on the seabed at a depth of 7,776 feet, according to AFP.

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The French Navy, the French research Institute for Sea Research (Ifremer), and a ship on the Sea Constructor, which was operated by the AMERICAN exploration company, Ocean of Eternity, and all took part in the search for the sub.

A file photo of the Navy for the submarine Minerve, who disappeared on Jan.27, 1968.
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“Our thoughts go out to the families of the 52 missing sailors,” tweeted the French Embassy in Washington, D. C.

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Admiral Christophe Prazuck tweeted a picture of the submarine’s wreckage on the sea floor. The sub’s name is clearly visible in red letters on the mutilated body. “Here lies our of the 52 fellows who have gone on the 27th of January of 1968,” he wrote.

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A little more than two years after the Minerve ‘ s sudden disappearance, an other, John-class of French submarine, the Eurydice, was lost off the French Mediterranean coast. The New York Times reports that an explosion has been reported during a practice dive in a calm sea off the coast of Cape Camarot. The sub 57 and the crew all died in the disaster.

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