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TORPEDO SHIPS

DESAIX destroyers (1937/1946)

Desaix 1946

Kléber 1954

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

 

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

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

Sensors FuMO 21 radar, sonar

Complement

315

Ship project history: Ex-German destroyers of 1934A type were taken over by reparations.

Modernizations: 1946 - 1947, Desaix: + US-made radar

1948 - 1951, Kléber: - 2 x 2 - 37/83, 1 x 4 - 20/65, 2 x 2 - 20/65, 6 x 1 - 20/65; + 6 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, radar

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15