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Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Le Fier     A C de Bretagne, Nantes 1.1939 12.3.1940 --- incomplete to Germany (TA1), scuttled incomplete 11.8.1944
L`Agile     A C de Bretagne, Nantes 4.1939 23.5.1940 --- incomplete to Germany (TA2), sunk incomplete 6.9.1943
L`Entreprenant     A C de la Loire, Nantes 1.1939 25.5.1940 --- incomplete to Germany (TA4), sunk incomplete 6.9.1943
Le Farouche     A C de la Loire, Nantes 4.1939 19.10.1940 --- incomplete to Germany (TA5), scuttled incomplete 11.8.1944
L`Alsacien     A C de la Loire, Nantes 4.1939 1942 --- incomplete to Germany (TA3), BU incomplete 1944
Le Corse     A C de la Loire, Nantes 1.1940 4.4.1942 --- incomplete to Germany (TA6), scuttled incomplete 11.8.1944
Le Breton     A C de la Loire, Nantes 1/1940 --- --- cancelled 1940


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

1010

Displacement full, t

1337

Length, m

90.0 pp 95.0 oa

Breadth, m

9.40

Draught, m

3.25

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons or Rateau-Bretagne geared steam turbines, 3 Indret boilers

Power, h. p.

30800

Max speed, kts

33

Fuel, t

oil 290

Endurance, nm(kts)2000(10)
Armament

2 x 2 - 100/45 M1933, 4 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 x 2 - 550 TT, 2 DCR

Complement

136



Project history

Built under 1937 (4 ships) and 1938 (3 ships) programmes. 5 more boats were ordered under additional 1938b programme and two under the 1938c programme. 6 or 7 ships were laid down only. Building of Le Breton (she was presumably laid down in January, 1940), Le Tunisien, Le Normand, Le Parisien, Le Provencal, Le Saintongeais, Le Nicois and Le Savoyard was cancelled.

Boats presented development of previous class with correction of its lacks. They should carry DP main guns (for the first time on French torpedo ships) at aft end, and AA MGs grouped at fore end. Besides, armour protection of gun mounts, bridge and deck became a novelty.

Germans tried to complete the ships, but no one ship was finished. Under German flag characteristic of ships should change a little. Displacement was supposed about 1087/1443t, and dimensions should be 90/93.2x9.22x3.91m; armament consisted of 3x1 105mm guns at aft end, 2 single 37mm and 9 single 20mm MGs and 2 triple 533mm TT. Almost ready TA2 was sunk by American aircraft, as well as TA4. Parts of TA3 were used for completion of sister ships. TA1, TA5 and TA6 were scuttled by Germans at departure from Nantes.