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The conning tower of Argonaute
|Succeeded by:||Daphné class|
|Length:||49.6 m (162 ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)|
|Draft:||4 m (13 ft 1 in)|
|Armament:||4 × 550 mm (22 in) 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 are an enlarged version built for the French, Pakistani, Portuguese, Spanish and South African Navies.
|Aréthuse||S635||9 November 1957,||23 October 1958||April 1979|
|Argonaute||S636||29 June 1957||11 February 1959||1982 preserved as a museum in the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Paris|
|Amazone||S639||3 April 1958||1 July 1959||July 1980|
|Ariane||S640||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