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SUBMARINES

SIRÈNE submarines (1927)

Sirène 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Sirène Q123 A C de la Loire, Nantes 2/1923 6/8/1925 1927 scuttled 27/11/1942
Naïade Q124 A C de la Loire, Nantes 2/1923 20/10/1925 1927 scuttled 27/11/1942
Galathée Q132 A C de la Loire, Nantes 7/1923 18/12/1925 1927 scuttled 27/11/1942
Nymphe Q133 A C de la Loire, Nantes 1923 1/4/1926 1927 BU 1938

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

609 / 757

Length, m

64.0

Breadth, m

5.20

Draught, m

4.30

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Sulzer diesels / electric motors

Power, h. p.

1300 / 1000

Max speed, kts

14 / 7.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 60

Endurance, nm(kts) 3500(7.5) / 75(5)

Armament

7 - 550 TT (2 bow, 2 ext bow, 1 ext stern, 1 x 2 ext, 13), 1 x 1 - 75/35 M1925, 2 x 1 - 8/80

Complement 41
Diving depth operational, m 80

Ship project history: First series of "600ton" submarines, built under 1922 program. Loire-Simonot type. Successful medium submarines which have been well enough armed and manoeuvrable. Narrowness of internal compartments was considered as a lack, but at fortnight endurance it was not of great importance. Galatée on trials reached 14.3kts. She became fastest submarine of a "600ton" class.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Nymphe was broken up for unknown reasons in 1938.

All three survived submarines were scuttled at Toulon 27/11/1942. Later they were raised by Italians and Germans and lost under Allied air bombs; the first 24/11/1943 became Naïade, Sirène followed in February, 1943 and Galatée in June, 1944.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14