French submarine Africaine (Q196)

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For other ships of the same name, see French ship Africaine.
L'Africaine submarine model.jpg
Model of the Africaine
Career (France)
Name: Africaine
Namesake: "African"
Captured: by Nazi Germany in June 1940
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: UF-1
Acquired: June 1940
Career (France)
Name: Africaine
Launched: 7 December 1946
Out of service: 1961
Struck: Broken up on 28 February 1963
General characteristics
Class and type: Aurore class
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; 17 mph) surfaced
9 knots 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
Test depth: 100 m
Armament: 1 × 100 mm deck gun

2 × 13.2 mm machine guns

9 × 550mm torpedo tubes

Africaine (Q196) ("African"[1]) was an Aurore-class submarine of the French navy.

Still incomplete, she was captured by the Germans in June 1940. She was renamed UF-1 on 13 May 1941 by the Kriegsmarine, but never completed during the German occupation of France.

She was recaptured, completed under her original name, and launched on 7 December 1946. The Africaine was taken out of service in 1961 and was stricken on 28 February 1963 as the Q334.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Africaine is the feminine form of "African".