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Aventurier-class destroyer
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Aventurier-class destroyer Temeraire
Class overview
Name: Aventurier class
Operators:  French Navy
Completed: 4
Retired: 4
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 930 tonnes (915 long tons)
Length: 88.5 m (290 ft 4 in)
Beam: 8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)
Draught: 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
Propulsion: 2 steam turbines
5 White-Foster Wheeler boilers
18,000 shp (13 MW)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Range: 1,850 nm at 10 knots
Complement: 140
Armament: • 4 × 100 mm (4 in) guns
• 4 × 457 mm (18 in) torpedo tubes

The Aventurier class was a class of four destroyers of the French Navy launched in 1911, and used during the First World War. Originally ordered by Argentina, they were taken over by the French on the outbreak of war in August 1914, completed with French armament and renamed.[1]

The class was significantly heavier armed than other French destroyers of the period. It carried four 100 mm (4 in) guns, one on the forecastle, one between the funnels, and two on the quarterdeck, in front and behind the searchlight platform. Two pairs of 457 mm (18 in) torpedo tubes completed the initial armament. In December 1914 a 47 mm (1.9 in) gun was added for anti-aircraft defence.

Ships

Name Formerly Launched Fate
Opiniatre[2] Rioja 1911 Broken up, 1935
Aventurier Mendoza 18 February 1911 Broken up, 1940
Temeraire San Juan 8 December 1911 Struck, 1936
Intrepide Salta 25 September 1911 Broken up, 1938

References

  1. "French Navy in World War I". naval-history.net. http://www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyFrench2.htm. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  2. "French Destroyers". battleships-cruisers.co.uk. http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/french_destroyers.htm. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 


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