Circé-class submarine

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Class overview
Name: Circé-class
Operators:  French Navy
Built: 1925–1927
In commission: 1927–1940
Completed: 4
Lost: 4
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
  • 615 tonnes (605 long tons) surfaced
  • 776 tonnes (764 long tons) submerged
Length: 64 m (210 ft)
  • 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 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

The Circé-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 Schneider-Laubeuf design. They were ordered in 1925 and completed by 1927.[1][2]

The four boats of the Circé class saw action during the Second World War, from September 1939 until the French armistice in June 1940.

General characteristics[edit]

The Circé class had a displacement of 615 tons surfaced and 776 tons submerged. They had an endurance of 3,500 miles at 7.5 knots, with a maximum surface speed of 14 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/76mm and two 8mm machine guns, and were manned by crews of 41 men.


  • Circé was at Bizerta in June 1940. She was seized in 1942 and became the Italian FR117. She was scuttled in 1943.
  • Calypso was at Bizerta in June 1940. She was seized in 1942, but wrecked by Allied bombing in 1943.
  • Thétis was at Toulon in June 1940. She was scuttled there in November 1942.
  • Doris was sunk in the North Sea in May 1940 by the German submarine U-9.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bagnasco p.44
  2. ^ Conway p.273