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DESAIX destroyers (1937 / 1946)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Desaix (ex-Z5 Paul Jacobi) T04 899 Deschimag, Bremen, Germany 7/1935 24/3/1936 6/1937 // 2/1946 stricken 2/1954
Kléber (ex-Z6 Theodor Riedel) T03, 1950- D603 900 Deschimag, Bremen, Germany 7/1935 22/4/1936 7/1937 // 2/1946 stricken 4/1957


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

2171

Displacement full, t

3110

Length, m

Desaix: 114.4 wl 119.3 oa

Kléber: 114.4 wl 121.3 oa

Breadth, m

11.3

Draught, m

4.23

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Deschimag geared steam turbines, 6 Wagner boilers

Power, h. p.

70000

Max speed, kts

38.2

Fuel, t

oil 715

Endurance, nm(kts)1825(19)
Armament

Desaix: 4 x 1 - 128/45 SK C/34, 4 x 2 - 37/69 FlaK M42, 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M43, 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 4 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 4 - 533 TT (16), 4 DCT (18), 60 mines

Kléber: 5 x 1 - 128/45 SK C/34, 2 x 2 - 37/83 SK C/30, 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 4 - 533 TT (16), 4 DCT (18), 60 mines

Electronic equipmentFuMO 24, FuMO 63K radars, S-Gerät, GHG sonars
Complement

315



Ship project history


Ex-German destroyers of 1934A type were taken over by reparations.

Modernizations


1946 - 1947, Desaix: + US-made radars

1948 - 1951, Kléber: - 1 x 1 - 128/45, 2 x 2 - 37/83, 1 x 4 - 20/65, 2 x 2 - 20/65, 6 x 1 - 20/65, FuMO 24, FuMO 63K radars; + 6 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, radars

Naval service


No significant events.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.