The French Navy announced on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) website on 3 July that its Saphir nuclear attack submarine (SSN) will be the first of six Rubis-class boats to be withdrawn from service at the end of July 2019.
Construction of Saphir began on 1 September 1979 in Cherbourg and it was named two years later. It entered service on 6 July 1984.
The submarine clocked up 120,000 hours (over 13 years) submerged and travelled 1.2 million n miles, according to the French Navy.
Saphir entered the port of Cherbourg on 3 July for dismantling.