French destroyer Vautour

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Half-sister Milan at anchor
History
France
Name: Vautour
Namesake: Vulture
Builder: Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, La Seyne
Launched: 26 August 1930
Completed: 2 May 1932
Fate:
  • Scuttled 27 November 1942
  • Refloated
  • Sunk 4 February 1944
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: Aigle-class destroyer
Displacement:
  • 2,441 t (2,402 long tons) (standard)
  • 3,140 t (3,090 long tons) (full load)
Length: 128.5 m (421 ft 7 in)
Beam: 11.8 m (38 ft 9 in)
Draught: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 3,650 nmi (6,760 km; 4,200 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Crew: 10 officers, 217 crewmen (wartime)
Armament:

The French destroyer Vautour was one of six Aigle-class destroyer (contre-torpilleurs) built for the French Navy in the interwar period.

In Vichy French service after France surrendered to Germany in June 1940, Vautour was scuttled at Toulon, France, on 27 November 1942 to prevent her capture by the Germans when Germany occupied Vichy France.[1] Later refloated, she was sunk again in an Allied air raid on Toulon on 4 February 1944.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rohwer, Jürgen; Gerhard Hümmelchen. "Seekrieg 1942, November". Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart (in German). Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ Rohwer, Jürgen; Gerhard Hümmelchen. "Seekrieg 1944, Februar". Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart (in German). Retrieved 3 June 2016.

References[edit]

  • Chesneau, Roger, ed. (1980). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. Greenwich, UK: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-146-7.
  • Jordan, John & Moulin, Jean (2015). French Destroyers: Torpilleurs d'Escadre & Contre-Torpilleurs 1922–1956. Barnsley, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-198-4.
  • Saibène, Marc (n.d.). Toulon et la Marine 1942-1944. Bourg en Bresse: Marines Editions at Realisations.
  • Whitley, M. J. (1988). Destroyers of World War Two. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-326-1.