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- 09 -082015

In Honour and by Victory, sixteenth episode : FFS Rubis

The Rubis, a French transporter-minelaying submarine featuring a length of 216 feet, joined the French Navy in 1933. When the war broke out, she was docked in Bizerte, Tunisia. On May, 1st, 1940, the Dundee-based ship started operating with the British Home Fleet.

Le Rubis près des côtes norvégiennes le 22 août 1941 © musée de l’ordre de la Libération / DR

L’équipage du Rubis à l’occasion de la remise de la Valiant Dog au chien mascotte Bacchus en mars 1942 © musée de l’ordre de la Libération / DRShe was active in Norwegian and North Sea waters where she laid minefields and torpedoed enemy merchantmen and warships. On 30 June 1940, following the Armistice, Commandant Georges Cabanier and most of his crew members joined the Free French Forces and continued patrolling in the Norwegian coastal waters and the Bay of Biscay.

In June 1941, while attacking the Finnish SS Hogland,Le commandant Rousselot © musée de l’ordre de la Libération / DR Rubis was severely damaged as she was too close to the target when it exploded. Such was the damage that the submarine was unable to dive and had to be escorted home by the RAF. Once fully repaired, the ship, under the command of CC Le poste central du Rubis  © musée de l’ordre de la Libération / DRRousselot, was assigned to the Bay of Biscay until September 1944, then to the North Sea.

During the war, Rubis made 28 operational patrols, laying nearly 683 mines and destroying 18 enemy ships. 8 Companions of the Liberation served on FFS Rubis.

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