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Ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of La Minerve

A special issue of the AGASM magazine, organizer of several ceremonies, is available on the "La Narvalaise" website by clickingHERE

ToulonJanuary 27, 2018

​In Toulon a commemorative ceremony of the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of the Minerva was held in front of the National Monument of Submariners. Many civil and military personalities were present, including the mayor of Toulon, Mr. Huber t Falco, parliamentarians and regional elected officials, the prefect of Var, the maritime prefect of the Mediterranean or the admiral commanding the naval action force . A mass was then celebrated in the Saint-Louis church in Toulon. 

On the sidelines of the ceremony,2 letters were received from the Presidency of the Republicto respond to a double request for declassification of the Minerve file which was still covered by defense secret and to respond to the request for official representation of the state at the ceremony.

The ceremony received unusual press coverage.



Finistère January 27, 2018

On January 27, 2018, a ceremony co-organized by the Amicale AGASM Minerve and the Association "Aux Marins" was organized at the Pointe Saint Mathieu memorial in Pays d'Iroise in Finistère, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this tragic disappearance. .

This ceremony, in the presence of:

  • families of the disappeared,

  • military and civil authorities,

  • a detachment and the honor guard of the SNLE squadron,

  • a detachment from the CIN Brest with Masters and Foams,

  • members of the Amicale AGASM Minerve and their families,

  • patriotic associations, with standard bearers.

Speech by Mr. Georges Kevorkian 

Copyright Roberto Lunardo  reproduction interdite
Bayeux January 27, 2018

Creation Roberto Lunardo - member of the AGASM -reproduction forbidden

With the authorization of M. Jean-Louis Coué Pdt de l'AGASM Minerve and the agreement of his author -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

Saint Amand les Eaux January 27, 2018
EquemauvilleJanuary 27, 2018

The City organized, on January 27, in collaboration with the UAMMAC 59/62, a ceremony in honor of the two sailors nordists (including an Amandinois Patrick Messiaen and Daniel Leprête), who disappeared at sea. 50 years ago following the  sinking of the Minerve submarine of the French Navy off the coast of Toulon (52 victims).

  • 10 a.m.: Memorial Mass in St Thérèse Church

  • 11:15 a.m.: wreath laying, Garden of Memory

  • 11:45 a.m.: Opening of the “evolution of submarines” exhibition at the Historial Amandinois.

  • 12:15 p.m.: Speech, Espace André Malraux

The municipality organized a ceremony of remembrance at the war memorial on Saturday January 27 at 11 a.m., in honor of Alain GUÉRIN, resident of the commune of Equemauville, who was on board the Minerve on January 27, 1968.

Poem by Jacky Harlaux-December 2016

Mr. Jacky Harlaux had composed for his friend Jean-Paul Krintz, one of the survivors of La Minerve,a poem dedicated to the crew of La Minerve.

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