The former French nuclear attack submarine, Casabianca, may be set for a new life as an exhibition piece. Based in Cherbourg and currently awaiting dismantlement, the vessel could potentially be transformed into a museum, according to unconfirmed reports.
It's been suggested that this idea was proposed during a confidential meeting by an unidentified Naval Group official. The Mayor of Toulon, Josée Massi, has affirmed these reports, hinting at potential exhibition dates in 2038 or 2039.
The process of transforming the Casabianca into a museum exhibit is not without its challenges. The dismantlement of the vessel will be a complex task, primarily due to the removal of the nuclear propulsion system and other undisclosed systems.
This isn't the first time a submarine has been earmarked for museum status. The French Ministry of Armed Forces took five years to confirm the conversion of submarine Le Redoutable into a museum. Today, Le Redoutable is a major attraction in Cherbourg.
The current Minister of Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, has not yet confirmed the decision regarding the Casabianca. Additional complications include finding adequate funding and a suitable location for the submarine's public display.
There's also a possibility the Casabianca name may live on. The name has been proposed for the sixth and final Suffren-type submarine, which is due to enter service in 2030. This proposal was reportedly discussed at Balard, revealed by parliament member Yannick Chenevard.
Chenevard has underlined the significant symbolism of the submarine, which famously managed to escape the bay during the scuttling of the fleet in November 1942 to continue the war effort.