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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

TORPEDO SHIPS

VAUQUELIN destroyers (1933-1934)

Chevalier Paul 1941

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
"E" group
Vauquelin   A C de France, Dunkerque 3/1930 29/3/1931 3/1934 scuttled 27/11/1942
Cassard   A C de Bretagne, Nantes 4/1930 8/11/1931 10/1933 scuttled 27/11/1942
Maillé Brézé V5 A C de St-Nazaire-Penhoët 10/1930 9/11/1931 4/1934 blew up 30/4/1940
Kersaint   A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 9/1930 14/11/1931 1/1934 scuttled 27/11/1942
Tartu   A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 9/1930 7/12/1931 2/1933 scuttled 27/11/1942
Chevalier Paul   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 2/1931 21/3/1932 8/1934 sunk 16/6/1941

   

Displacement standard, t

2441

Displacement full, t

3140

Length, m

122.4 pp 129.3 oa

Breadth, m

11.8

Draught, m

4.97

No of shafts

2

Machinery

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

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

others: 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

Complement 230

Ship project history: Built under 1928 (3 ships) and 1929 (3 ships) programs. 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: + 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.

Vauquelin 1939

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14