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French submarine Africaine (Q196)
L'Africaine submarine model.jpg
Model of the Africaine
Career (France)
Name: Africaine (Q196)
Namesake: "African"
Captured: by Nazi Germany in June 1940
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: UF-1
Acquired: June 1940
Career (France)
Name: Africaine
Launched: 7 December 1946
Out of service: 1961
Struck: Broken up on 28 February 1963
General characteristics
Class & type: Aurore class

900 tonnes surfaced

1170 tonnes submerged
Length: 73.5 metres
Beam: 6.5 metres
Draught: 4.2 metres

Diesel: 3000 shp (2237 KW)

1400 shp (1044 KW) electrical

15 knots surfaced

9 knots submerged

5600 nm a 10 knots
2250 nmi at 15 knots

80 nm submerged at 5 knots
Test depth: 100 m

1 x 100 mm deck gun
2 x 13.2 mm machine guns

9 x 550mm torpedo tubes

Africaine (Q196) ("African"[1]) was an Aurore-class submarine of the French navy. Still incomplete, she was captured by the Germans in June 1940. She was renamed UF-1 on 13 May 1941 by the Kriegsmarine, but never completed during the German occupation of France.

She was recaptured, completed under her original name, and launched on 7 December 1946. The Africaine was taken out of service in 1961 and was stricken on 28 February 1963 as the Q334.

Notes and references

  1. Africaine is the feminine form of "African".

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