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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

TORPEDO SHIPS

L`ADROIT destroyers (1928-1931)

Forbin 1939

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
L`Adroit 48   A C de France, Dunkerque 5/1925 1/4/1927 7/1929 sunk 21/5/1940
L`Alcyon 49   F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 2/1925 26/6/1926 7/1929 FNFL late 1942, sold 6/1952
Le Mars 50 35 CNF, Caen 7/1925 28/8/1926 1/1928 scuttled 27/11/1942
Le Fortune 51 36 CNF, Caen 9/1925 15/11/1926 7/1928 FNFL late 1942, sold 8/1950
La Palme 52   A C Dubigeon, Nantes 5/1925 30/6/1926 2/1928 scuttled 27/11/1942
La Railleuse 53   A C Dubigeon, Nantes 7/1925 9/9/1926 2/1928 explosion 24/3/1940
Brestois 64   Dyle et Baccalan, Bordeaux 5/1926 18/5/1927 6/1928 sunk 8/11/1942
Boulonnais 65   CNF, Caen 5/1926 1/6/1927 6/1928 sunk 8/11/1942
Basque 66 50 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 9/1926 25/5/1929 3/1931 FNFL late 1942, sold 12/1952
Le Bordelais 67   F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 11/1926 23/5/1928 4/1930 scuttled 27/11/1942
Forbin 81   F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 6/1927 17/7/1928 5/1930 FNFL late 1942, sold 11/1952
Frondeur 82 78 CNF, Caen 11/1927 20/6/1929 10/1931 sunk 8/11/1942
Fougueux 83   A C de Bretagne, Nantes 9/1927 4/8/1928 6/1930 sunk 8/11/1942
Le Foudroyant 84   Dyle et Baccalan, Bordeaux 7/1927 24/4/1929 10/1930 sunk 1/6/1940

   

Displacement standard, t

1378

Displacement full, t

2000

Length, m

100.9 pp 107.2 oa

Breadth, m

9.84

Draught, m

4.30

No of shafts

2

Machinery

L`Adroit, L`Alcyon, Frondeur: Zoelly geared steam turbines, 3 Du Temple boilers

Fougeux: Rateau-Bretagne geared steam turbines, 3 Du Temple boilers

others: Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Du Temple boilers

Power, h. p.

34000

Max speed, kts

33

Fuel, t

oil 340

Endurance, nm(kts) 2150(14)

Armament

4 x 1 - 130/40 M1924, 1 x 1 - 75/50 M1924, 2 x 1 - 8/80, 2 x 3 - 550 TT, 2 DCT, 2 DCR (32)

Complement 142

Ship project history: Built under 1924 (6 ships), 1925 (4 ships) and 1926 (4 ships) programs. Main guns were differed by complexity in maintenance and insufficient firing rate. To a beginning of war ships reached no more than 28-29kts. In 1940 for raise of stability they lost main gun No3 or (less often) No4.

Modernizations: late 1930s, all: - 1 x 1 - 75/50, 2 x 1 - 8/80; + 2 x 1 - 37/50 M1925, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76

1940, all survived: - 1 x 1 - 130/40

1943, L`Alcyon, Le Fortune, Basque, Forbin: - 1 x 3 - 550 TT; + 1 x 1 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, (4 - 6) x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, radar, sonar

Naval service: La Railleuse was lost at Casablanca 24/3/1940 after spontaneous explosion of torpedoes in fwd TT. L`Adroit and Le Foudroyant were sunk by German aircraft off Dunkirk 21/5/1940 and 1/6/1940 respectively. Boulonnais, Fougueux, Brestois and Frondeur were sunk at Allied landing to Casablanca 8/11/1942 by gunfire of Allied ships and carrier aircraft. Three ships, Le Mars, La Palme and Le Bordelais, were scuttled at Toulon 27/11/1942, later salvaged by Germans and scrapped.

    Le Fortune, Basque and Forbin since June, 1940 till July, 1943 as a part of Force "X" stood disarmed at Alexandria.

La Railleuse prewar

Le Fortune 1945

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15