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Vauquelin 1939

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Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate Modification
Vauquelin     A C de France, Dunkerque 3.1930 29.3.1931 3.1934 scuttled 27.11.1942 "E" group
Cassard     A C de Bretagne, Nantes 4.1930 8.11.1931 10.1933 scuttled 27.11.1942 "E" group
Maillé Brézé   V5 A C de St-Nazaire-Penhoët 10.1930 9.11.1931 4.1934 blew up 30.4.1940 "E" group
Kersaint     A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 9.1930 14.11.1931 1.1934 scuttled 27.11.1942 "E" group
Tartu     A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 9.1930 7.12.1931 2.1933 scuttled 27.11.1942 "E" group
Chevalier Paul     F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 2.1931 21.3.1932 8.1934 sunk 16.6.1941 "E" group


Technical data


Displacement standard, t2441
Displacement full, t3140
Length, m

122.4 pp 129.3 oa

Breadth, m

11.8

Draught, m

4.97

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Vauquelin: 2 sets Zoelly geared steam turbines, 4 Yarrow or Penhoët boilers

Cassard: 2 sets Rateau-Bretagne geared steam turbines, 4 Yarrow or Penhoët boilers

others: 2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Yarrow or Penhoët boilers

Power, h. p.

64000

Max speed, kts

36

Fuel, t

oil 585

Endurance, nm(kts)3650(18)
Armament

5 x 1 - 139/40 M1927, 4 x 1 - 37/50 M1925, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 1 x 3 - 550 TT, 2 x 2 - 550 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (44), 50 mines

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<i>Vauquelin</i> 1939
Vauquelin 1939


Project history

Built under 1928 (3 ships) and 1929 (3 ships) programmes. Third and last series of "four-funneler" ("E" group). On trials they reached for the short time from 39.83 (Chevalier Paul) to 42.85 (Cassard) knots. Welding was used at first time in the French Navy at building of these ships.

Modernizations

1940, Chevalier Paul: - 1 x 3 - 550 TT, 2 x 1 - 37/50; + 1 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 2 x 1 - 13.2/94

1940, Vauquelin, Tartu: + type 123 sonar

1941, Vauquelin: + 1 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 2 x 1 - 13.2/94

1941, Cassard, Tartu: - 2 x 1 - 37/50; + 1 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 2 x 1 - 13.2/94

1941, Kersaint: + 1 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 3 x 1 - 25/60 M1938, 2 x 1 - 13.2/94

Naval service

Maillé Brézé 30.4.1940 was lost at Greenock on river Clyde (UK). One of torpedo tubes was spontaneously discharged, explosion and a fire have followed. During campaign off Syria 16.6.1941 Chevalier Paul was attacked by five British torpedo bombers off Latakieh and received one torpedo hit to boiler room, she has lost a course and sunk. 22.6.1941 at Beirut Vauquelin was damaged by British aircraft. Remaining destroyers were scuttled at Toulon 27.11.1942. They were never salvaged.