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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

SUBMARINES

DIANE submarines (1932-1934)

Oréade 1932

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Diane NN4   A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre 4/1927 13/5/1930 9/1932 scuttled 9/11/1942
Méduse NN5   A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre 4/1927 26/8/1930 9/1932 beached 10/11/1942
Antiope Q160 55 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 3/1928 19/8/1930 10/1932 FNFL 12/1942, sold 4/1946
Amphitrite Q159   A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre 1/1928 20/12/1930 6/1933 sunk 8/11/1942
Amazone Q161 56 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 11/1928 28/12/1931 10/1933 FNFL 12/1942, sold 4/1946
Orphée Q163   A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre 11/1928 10/11/1931 6/1933 FNFL 12/1942, sold 4/1946
Oréade Q164 58 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 11/1928 23/5/1932 12/1933 sunk 8/11/1942
La Sibylle Q175 62 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 1/1930 28/1/1932 12/1934 sunk 11/11/1942
La Psyché Q174   A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre 1/1930 4/8/1932 12/1933 sunk 8/11/1942

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

651 / 807

Length, m

64.4

Breadth, m

6.20

Draught, m

4.30

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Normand-Vickers diesels / electric motors

Power, h. p.

1400 / 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 submarines), 1927 (3), 1928 (2 boats) and 1929 (2 boats) programs. Normand-Fenaux variant of "630ton" submarine.

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

Naval service: Six boats of this class were lost during Allied landing in the North Africa in November, 1942. Diane was destroyed by crew at Oran 9/11/1942 before occupancy of base by Allies. Méduse was damaged by aircraft and ran aground 10/11/1942 off Mazagon (Morocco). Amphitrite, Oréade and La Psyché were sunk by gunfire of Allied ships and carrier aircraft at Casablanca (Morocco) 8/11/1942. La Sybille was lost off Casablanca 11/11/1942. French consider her as lost on a mine, but loss of submarine from torpedoes of German submarine U173 is more probable.

Antiope, Amazone and Orphée in 1944 were laid up into reserve.

Oréade

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15