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ARGONAUTE submarines (1932-1935)

Argonaute 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Argonaute   Schneider, Chalon-sur-Saône 4/1928 23/5/1929 6/1932 sunk 8/11/1942
Aréthuse   Schneider, Chalon-sur-Saône 4/1928 8/8/1929 7/1933 FNFL 12/1942, sold 3/1946
Atalante   Schneider, Chalon-sur-Saône 1/1929 5/8/1930 9/1934 FNFL 12/1942, sold 3/1946
La Vestale   Schneider, Chalon-sur-Saône 1/1930 25/5/1932 8/1934 FNFL 12/1942, sold 8/1946
La Sultane   Schneider, Chalon-sur-Saône 1/1930 5/8/1932 5/1935 FNFL 12/1942, sold 12/1946

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

630 / 798

Length, m

63.4

Breadth, m

6.40

Draught, m

4.24

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Schneider-Carel diesels / electric motors

Power, h. p.

1300 / 1000

Max speed, kts

14 / 9

Fuel, t

diesel oil 39

Endurance, nm(kts) 4000(10) / 82(5)

Armament

6 - 550 TT (3 bow, 1 ext aft, 1 x 2 ext, 7), 2 - 400 TT (1 x 2 ext, 2), 1 x 1 - 75/35 M1928, 1 x 1 - 8/80

Complement 41
Diving depth operational, m 80

Ship project history: Built under 1926 (2 boats), 1927 (1 boat) and 1929 (2 boats) programs. These "630-ton" boats became development of "600-ton" submarine of 1922 program. Underwater manoeuvrability was improved a little. As well as boats of the previous project, these submarines were built by different yards and had insignificant differences. Argonaute class submarines belonged to Schneider-Laubeuf design.

Modernizations: m. b. 1943 - 1944, all survived: - 1 x 1 - 8/80; + 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

Naval service: Argonaute was sunk at Oran by British destroyers Ashanti and Westcott 8/11/1942. Aréthuse, Atalante and La Vestale in 1944 were laid up into reserve.

La Vestale

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14