Aurore-class submarine

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L'Africaine submarine model.jpg
Model of the Africaine
Class overview
Name: Aurore
Builders: Le Havre, Nantes, Toulon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Rouen
Operators:

 French Navy

 Kriegsmarine
In service: 1946 - 1962
Planned: 8
Completed: 15
General characteristics
Displacement:

900 tonnes surfaced

1170 tonnes submerged
Length: 73.5 m (241 ft)
Beam: 6.5 m (21 ft)
Draught: 4.2 m (14 ft)
Propulsion:

Diesel: 3000 shp (2237 KW)

1400 shp (1044 KW) electrical
Speed:

15 knots (28 km/h) surfaced

9 knots (17 km/h) submerged
Range:

5,600 nmi (10,400 km; 6,400 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
2250 nmi at 15 knots

80 nm submerged at 5 knots (9.3 km/h)
Test depth: 100 metres
Armament:

1 × 100 mm deck gun
2 × 13.2 mm machine guns

9 × 550mm torpedo tubes (4 bow internal, 3 external amidships, and 2 stern external)

The Aurore class was a class of coastal submarines designed for the French Navy. Some of the ships were captured by Nazi Germany after the Fall of France, most of them in an unfinished state.

Five of the submarines, Andromède, Astrée, Africaine, Artémis and Créole, were completed after the war, were commissioned in the French Navy and served into the 1960s. Andromède, Artémis and Créole were fitted with GUPPY sails and Submarine snorkels.

Ships[edit]

Builder: Toulon
Ordered:
Launched: 1939
Fate: Scuttled during the Scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon in 1942
Builder: Le Havre
Ordered:
Launched: 8 June 1940
Fate: Broken up in 1961
Builder: Le Havre
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1940 still on keel, never finished
Builder: Rouen
Ordered:
Launched: September 1938
Fate: taken by the Germans, scuttled in July 1944
Builder: Rouen
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1963
Builder: Nantes
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1965
Builder: Nantes
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1965
Builder: Chalon-sur-Saône
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1940 still on keel, never finished
Builder: Rouen
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1940 still on keel, never finished
Builder: Le Havre
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1967
Builder: Rouen
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1940 still on keel, never finished
Builder: Le Havre
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up on keel
Builder: Le Havre
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up on keel
Builder: Nantes
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Broken up in 1940 still on keel, never finished
Builder:
Ordered:
Launched:
Fate: Keel never laid

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