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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

SIRIUS coastal minesweepers (1954 - 1958)

Capricorne 1975

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Sirius M701 Arsenal de Cherbourg 12/1951 6/10/1952 9/1954 stricken 8/1971
Rigel M702 Arsenal de Cherbourg   13/5/1953 1954 stricken 1974
Antarès M703, 1976- P703 Arsenal de Cherbourg   21/1/1954 1954 patrol 1976, stricken 1981
Algol M704 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre   15/4/1953 1954 stricken 1976
Aldébaran M705 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre   27/6/1953 1955 stricken 1970
Régulus M706 Penhoët, St-Nazaire   18/11/1952 1954 stricken 1974
Véga M707, 1976- P707 Penhoët, St-Nazaire   14/1/1953 1954 patrol 1976, stricken 1981
Castor M708 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre   19/11/1953 1955 stricken 1973
Pollux M709 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre   16/7/1954 1955 stricken 1970
Pégase M710 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre   21/6/1956 1956 stricken 1974
Croix du Sud M734, 1969- P658 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Havre   13/6/1956 1956 patrol 1969, to Seychelles 1979
Étoile Polaire M735, 1973- P660 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Havre   5/3/1957 10/1958 patrol 1973, stricken 1981
Altaïr M736, 1960- P656 Arsenal de Cherbourg   27/3/1954 4/1958 patrol 1960, stricken 1981
Capricorne M737 Arsenal de Cherbourg   8/8/1956 7/1958 stricken 1988
Cassiopée M740 Penhoët, St-Nazaire   16/11/1953 1954 stricken 1976
Eridan, 1977- Aldébaran M741, 1976- P741 Penhoët, St-Nazaire   18/5/1954 1955 patrol 1976, stricken 1981
Orion M742 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Havre   20/11/1953 1955 to USA 1970
Sagittaire M743, 1976- P743 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Havre   12/1/1955 1955 patrol 1976, stricken 1981
Achernar M744 CMN, Cherbourg   12/8/1954 1955 to USA 1970
Procyon M745 CMN, Cherbourg   12/12/1954 1955 to USA 1970
Arcturus M746, 1969- P650 CNF, Blainville   12/3/1954 11/1954 patrol 1969, stricken 1981
Bételgeuse M747 CNF, Blainville   12/7/1954 1954 auxiliary A474 1977
Persée M748 CMN, Cherbourg   23/5/1955 1956 stricken 1970
Phénix M749, 1989- P749 CMN, Cherbourg   23/5/1955 12/1956 patrol 1989, stricken 1992
Bellatrix M750 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre   21/7/1955 1956 stricken 1974
Dénébola M751 CMN, Cherbourg   12/7/1956 1956 stricken 1974
Centaure M752 Penhoët, St-Nazaire   8/3/1955 1956 to USA 1971
Fomalhaut M753 Penhoët, St-Nazaire   24/4/1955 1956 to USA 1970
Canopus M754, 1969- P659 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre   31/12/1953 9/1956 patrol 1969, stricken 1986
Capella M755 CMN, Cherbourg   6/9/1955 5/1956 collision 28/2/1987, stricken
Céphée M739 CMN, Cherbourg   3/1/1956 6/1956 stricken 1988
Verseau M757 CMN, Cherbourg   26/4/1956 9/1956 stricken 1988
Ariès M758 Penhoët, St-Nazaire   13/3/1956 1956 to Morocco 1974 (Tawfic)
Lyre M759, 1976- P759 Penhoët, St-Nazaire   3/5/1956 2/1957 patrol 1976, stricken 1981

 

Displacement standard, t

365

Displacement full, t

424

Length, m

42.7 pp 46.4 oa

Breadth, m

8.60

Draught, m

2.50

No of shafts

2

Machinery

M701-710, 740-745, 750-753: SIGMA free-piston gas generators, 2 Rateau-Bretagne gas turbines / 1 diesel-generator, 1 electric motor

M734-737, 746-749, 754-759: 2 SEMT-Pielstick diesels

Power, h. p.

M701-710, 740-745, 750-753: 2000 / 500

M734-737, 746-749, 754-759: 2000

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil 48

Endurance, nm(kts)

M701-710, 740-745, 750-753: 3000(10)

M734-737, 746-749, 754-759: 2000(15)

Armament

1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, (1 - 2) x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, mechanical, acoustic and magnetic sweeping gear

Sensors radar

Complement

38

Ship project history: Of the 34 French minesweepers completed belonging to this group, 28 were funded under MDAP. Three further vessels were built for Yugoslavia. They had the same general characteristics as the British 'Ton' class and the design was developed in close collaboration with Thornycroft and the Royal Navy, but there were differences in the construction of the hull. The latter was of laminated wood and aluminium, producing a strong, rigid, light body; the keel and stern were of heavy wood. They were fitted with mechanical, magnetic and acoustic sweep gear.

Modernizations: 1960, Altaïr;1969, Croix du Sud, Arcturus, Canopus; 1973, Étoile Polaire;1976, Antarès, Véga, Eridan, Sagittaire, Lyre; 1989, Phénix - as patrols: - sweeps

Naval service: No significant events.

Céphée  1980

Ivan Gogin, 2015