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Voltigeur-class destroyer
Class overview
Name: Voltigeur class
Operators:  French Navy
Built: 1908–1909
In service: 1909–1921
Completed: 2
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 450 long tons (457 t) standard
590 long tons (599 t) full load
Length: Voltigeur : 65.5 m (214 ft 11 in)
Tirailleur : 63 m (206 ft 8 in)
Beam: Voltigeur : 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Tirailleur : 6.4 m (21 ft 0 in)
Draught: Voltigeur : 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
Tirailleur : 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
Installed power: 7,500 hp (5,593 kW)
Propulsion: 2 steam turbines and 1 triple expansion engine
4 coal-fired boilers
3 shafts
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Complement: 77
Armament: • 6 × 65 mm (2.6 in) guns
• 3 × 450 mm (18 in) torpedo tubes

The Voltigeur class was a class of two destroyers of the French Navy built between 1908/09, used during the First World War.

The ships were modelled on the preceding Spahi-class destroyer. The machinery consisted of three shafts: the central shaft had a triple expansion engine for economical cruising and the two outer shafts had Rateau (Voltigeur) or Breguet (Tirailleur) turbines for additional speed, all powered by four Normand (Voltigeur) or Du Temple (Tirailleur) boilers.

Ships

  • Voltigeur - built by A. Ch. de la Bretagne, Nantes, launched 23 March 1909, decommissioned May 1920.
  • Tirailleur - built by Ch. de la Gironde, Bordeaux, launched 27 November 1908, decommissioned July 1921.

References

  • French Navy in World War I (English)
  • Robert Gardiner, Randal Gray, Przemysław Budzbon, Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906-1921


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