A few miles ashore from Cavalaire, French Riviera, lies at 40 m deep a famous submarine of WWII: the Rubis (Ruby in English). Cavalaire is about an hour driving from Toulon and about 30 minutes from Saint Tropez.
The 66m submarine was part of the French Navy and built in 1931. During WWII she sank 22 battleships and was nicknamed the “Comrade of the Liberation”. After the war, the Rubis was used as a submarine school in the Navy Base of Toulon. In 1958, she was scuttled off the coast of Cavalaire.
It is only decades later it was “rediscovered” by local French scuba divers to become one of the top wreck dive sites in the world. I was lucky to dive there last October with Plongeeo diving school in top visibility conditions.
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