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French nuclear sub prowls South China Sea

Armed forces minister calls it proof of capability to deploy far and for long periods

NEW YORK -- A French Rubis-class nuclear attack submarine has successfully concluded a passage of the South China Sea, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly has announced.

In a series of tweets, Parly said the Emeraude and the support and assistance vessel Seine have been on "Mission Marianne" since September, sailing 15,000 km from the coasts of mainland France in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

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