Sirène-class submarine

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1932 Sous-marin dans le port d'Oran.jpg
Galatée at Oran, 1932
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 nmi (6,500 km) at 7.5 kn (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph)
Complement: 41
Armament:

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 Sirènes had a displacement of 609 tonnes (599 long tons) surfaced and 757 tonnes (745 long tons) submerged. They had an endurance of 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph), with a maximum surface speed of 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph), and a submerged speed of 7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph). 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 75 mm (3 in) 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

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