Sirène-class submarine

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Class overview
Name: Sirène class
Operators:  French Navy
Built: 1925–1927
In commission: 1927–1944
Completed: 4
Lost: 4
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement: 609 tonnes (599 long tons) surfaced
757 tonnes (745 long tons) submerged
Speed: 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph) surfaced
7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph) submerged
Range: 3,500 mi (5,600 km) at 7.5 kn (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph)
Complement: 41
Armament: 7 × 550 mm (22 in) torpedo tubes
1 × 76 mm (3 in) deck gun
2 × 8 mm (0.31 in) machine guns

The Sirène class submarines were a sub-class of the 600 Series built for the French Navy prior to World War II. There were four vessels in the class, built to a Loire-Simonot design. They were ordered in 1925 and completed by 1927.[1][2] The four boats of the Sirène class saw action during the Second World War, from September 1939 until the French armistice in June 1940.

General characteristics[edit]

The Sirène’s had a displacement of 609 tons surfaced and 757 tons submerged. They had an endurance of 3,500 miles at 7.5 knots, with a maximum surface speed of 13.5 knots, and a submerged speed of 7.5 knots. Their armament was seven torpedo tubes (3 forward, 2 midships, and 2 aft) with an outfit of 13 torpedoes. As with all French submarines of this period, the midships torpedo tubes were fitted externally in trainable mounts. They had a single 3 inch/76 mm and two 8 mm machine guns, and were manned by crews of 41 men.

Ships[edit]

  • Sirène, scuttled November 1942 Toulon; raised, sunk in air raid June 1944.
  • Naïade, scuttled November 1942 Toulon; raised, sunk in air raid twice; April 1943, November 1943.
  • Galatée, scuttled November 1942 Toulon; raised, sunk in air raid June 1944.
  • Nymphe, decommissioned in 1938.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bagnasco p44
  2. ^ Conway, p.272

References[edit]

  • Bagnasco, E :Submarines of World War Two (1977) ISBN 0-85368-331-X
  • Conway : Conways All the Worlds Fighting Ships 1922-1946 (1980) ISBN 0 85177