French destroyer Le Hardi

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French destroyer Le Hardi
Career (France)
Namesake: "the bold one"
Laid down: 20 May 1936
Launched: 4 May 1938
Fate: Scuttled November 1942, raised by Italians, seized by Germans, Scuttled at Genoa April 1945
General characteristics [1]
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1,772 long tons (1,800 t)
Length: 117.20 m (384 ft 6 in)
Beam: 11.10 m (36 ft 5 in)
Draught: 4.20 m (13 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 4 boilers
Geared turbines, 58,000 shp (43,251 kW)
2 shafts
Speed: 37 knots (69 km/h; 43 mph)
Range: 2,760 nmi (5,110 km; 3,180 mi) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 187 officers and men
Armament:
  • 3 × twin 130 mm (5 in) guns
  • 2 × single 37 mm (1.5 in) AA guns
  • 7 × 13.2 mm (0.52 in) machine guns
  • 1 × triple + 2 × twin 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes

Le Hardi ("the bold one") was a destroyer of the French Navy, built prior to the Second World War. She was the lead ship of her class.

History[edit]

Le Hardi was built at A C de la Loire at Nantes. She was laid down on 20 May 1936, launched on 4 May 1938, and completed . She ran trials in July and November 1939, but had not commissioned before the Armistice in June 1940.

Following the cessation of hostilities in France she transferred to Toulon, whre she remained.

Italian FR 37[edit]

In November 1942, with the invasion of Vichy France by the Germans she was scuttled along with the French fleet at Toulon.

She was raised by the Italian Navy for repair, and renamed FR 37, but these were unfinished when Italy surrendered in September 1943. She was seized by the Germans at Savona, but was again scuttled at Genoa in April 1945.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Conway p270
  2. ^ Whitley p50

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