Just in time to commemorate the allied invasion of Provence, the U.S.S. Annapolis has arrived in the Port of Toulon. Operation Dragoon originally called Anvil (the southern counterpart to Operation Overlord) www.operationdragoon.com took place on August 15, 1944 with allied landings on beaches all along the coast between Toulon and Cannes.
Today 140 navy men are assigned to this submarine and spend as many as 90 days submerged. This alone is an impressive achievement. I had trouble spending an hour in such confined quarters!
When in Toulon be sure to visit the war memorial and museum on top of the Mont Faron. www.montfaron.com There is a télépherique (aerial tramway) from the city center to the peak 500 meters above with the most fabulous view of the Bay of Toulon. Open daily. Tel: 04 94 88 08 09