A recent discovery was made of a wreck vessel in the ocean of a French submarine. It disappeared in 1968, almost more than a 50 years.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly tweeted the announcement on Monday, describing the discovery as a “relief and technical feat”.
There were 52 sailors on board when it vanished near the port of Toulon, on the French south coast, in January 1968.
The previous done efforts to find this submarine were reported to be futile. Ms Parly announced the new recovery effort earlier this year. As fresh requests were made from bereaved families to find their loved ones.
The crew of 52 sailors who died on the submarine
“We have just found the Minerva,” Ms Parly tweeted (in French). “It’s a success, a relief and a technical feat. I think of the families who have been waiting for this moment so long.”
The new search team reportedly re-analysed data from the accident, including tides, to help find the wreckage with the help of new technology, AFP reports.
The final discovery was made by a boat belonging to private US company Ocean Infinity. This was confirmed by an unnamed French naval official told the news agency.
The missing submarine was found 45km (30 miles) from Toulon 2,370m (7,800ft) under the surface, AFP reports.
The precise reason behind the accident involving the Minerve has never been revealed.
It was one in a string of a deadly disasters involving military submarines around the world during the 1960s.