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FR111 ex-French large submarines (1928/1943)

FR111 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
FR111 (ex-Phoque)   Arsenal de Brest, France 1924 16/3/1926 5/1928 // 1/1943 sunk 28/2/1943
FR113 (ex-Requin)   Arsenal de Cherbourg, France 1923 19/7/1924 5/1926 // --- scuttled under incomplete conversion 9/9/1943
FR114 (ex-Espadon)   Arsenal de Toulon, France 1924 28/5/1926 12/1927 // --- scuttled under incomplete conversion 13/9/1943
FR115 (ex-Dauphin)   Arsenal de Toulon, France 1923 2/4/1925 11/1927 // --- scuttled under incomplete conversion 15/9/1943

 

Displacement standard, t

947

Displacement normal, t

1150 / 1441

Length, m

78.3

Breadth, m

6.84

Draught, m

5.10

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Sulzer or Schneider diesels / electric motors

Power, h. p.

2900 / 1800

Max speed, kts

15 / 9

Fuel, t

diesel oil 116 + 51 in ballast tanks = 167

Endurance, nm(kts) 7700(9) / 70(5)

Armament

2 x 1 - 13.2/76

Military load 50 t of dry cargo + 145 t of petrol
Complement 51
Diving depth operational, m 80

Ship project history: After Allied landing in the North Africa in November, 1942 German troops captured French ships based at Bizerte and transferred nine submarines to Italy in December, 1942.

    French Requin class submarines Phoque, Requin, Espadon and Dauphin, renamed FR111, FR113, FR114 and FR115 respectively. At once they were put on conversion to transports. All original armament was removed, only two 13.2mm AA MGs were left only. Submarines could carry 50t of dry cargo and 145t of fuel. Only FR111 was commissioned by Italians. Remaining three boats in September, 1943 were scuttled on dockyards by crews or sunk by Germans.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: 28/2/1943 FR111 was sunk by Allied bombers.

Requin prewar

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14