Vauquelin

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The French Vauquelin class destroyers were ordered under the French navel programme of 1928-1929. the Vauquelin class was an improved version of the Aigle Class destroyer of the previous year. There were six ships in the class Vauquelin, Cassrad, Maille Breze, Kersaint, Tartu,  and Chevalier Paul

Displacement: 2441 tons standard and 3,140 tons full load.  Speed: 36 Knotts  Compliment: 230.  Armament: Five 5.5 inch guns,  Four 37mm AA guns, Four 13.2mm AA Guns and seven 21.7 inch Torpedo Tubes, also 50 mines.    The AA armament: was altered during 1940 with Cassard receiving Four 37mm and several machine Guns.

Vauquelin 29th March 1931 Scuttled at Toulon on 27th November 1942.
Cassard 8th November 1931 Scuttled at Toulon on 27th November 1942.
Maille Breze 9th November 1931 Sank after one of her torpedoes exploded on 30th April 1940 while at Greenock.
Kersaint 14th November 1931 Scuttled at Toulon on 27th November 1942.
Tartu 7th December 1931 Scuttled at Toulon on 27th November 1942.
Chevalier Paul 21st March 1931 Sunk on 16th June 1941 after being torpedoed by British aircraft.

Vauquelin

The Funnels of the Vauquelin

Cassard

Cassard.

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The Kersaint and The Vauquelin pictured 27th November 1942 at Toulon

The Kersaint and The Vauquelin pictured 27th November 1942 at Toulon