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The conning tower of Argonaute
|In service:||1958 - 1981|
|Displacement:||543 tons surfaced, 669 tons submerged|
|Propulsion:||1 shaft, 2 × 12-cylinder diesel engines 1,060 hp (790 kW), 1 electric motor 1,300 hp (970 kW)|
|Speed:||12.5 knots (23.2 km/h) surfaced
16 knots (30 km/h) submerged
|Armament:||4 × 550 mm torpedo tubes (8 torpedoes carried)|
The Aréthuse class were submarines built for the French Navy in the 1950s. They were designed as hunter killer submarines for anti-submarine warfare and were referred to as Sous-marins de Chasse by the Marine Nationale. These submarines had advanced sensors and were very quiet. They were influenced by the World War II German Type XXIII U-boat. They were always based in the Mediterranean.
The Daphné class submarines are an enlarged version built for the French, Pakistani, Portuguese, Spanish and South African Navies.
|S635 Aréthuse||9 November 1957,||23 October 1958||April 1979|
|S636 Argonaute||29 June 1957||11 February 1959||1982 preserved as a museum in the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Paris|
|S639 Amazone||3 April 1958||1 July 1959||July 1980|
|S640 Ariane||12 September 1958,||16 March 1960||March 1981|
All of the boats were built by the Arsenal de Cherbourg.
- Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995