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|2569 tons standard|
|434'6" by 40'6" by 16'6"
132.4m by 12.25m by 5.01m
|37 knots nominal. On trials, all units exceeded design
specifications, achieving 41 knots or more.
1 4"/45 dual-purpose gun
2x2 37mm AA guns
1x4, 2x2, 2x1 12.7mm/62 machine guns
3x3 21.7" torpedo tubes
2 depth charge tracks (16 depth charges)
||2-shaft Parsons geared
4 Penhoët small-tube vertical boilers
|580 tons fuel oil|
|4000 nautical miles (7400km) at 15 knots|
||British sonar and radar
|| 1942: 7x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Removed the 4" gun, the 2-pdr mount, the 37mm guns, all
and one bank of torpedo tubes. Added one 5.5"/50 gun, 3x2
AA guns, 10 single 20mm guns, and radar and increased
bunkerage to 730
The French 2610 tonne destroyers (also described as the Le Fantasque class) were very advanced and modern ships, the first of the contre-torpilleurs, and compared favorably with some light cruisers. Completed in 1935-1936 in private yards, they featured a powerful new 5.5" gun and had excellent subdivision, with boiler rooms and engine rooms laid out alternately. However, their torpedoes were arranged such that only six tubes could fire to either beam, and their antiaircraft armament was poor for ships of this size, the main guns having no antiaircraft capability.
The only unit of this class to see service in
the Pacific, Le Triomphant,
was misused as an escort vessel (for which it lacked the necessary
endurance) and to cover various small troop movements early in the
Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-12-31)
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