:: LE TERRIBLE (1933) ::

Le Terrible destroyer (1933) High resolution picture

Le Terrible destroyer (1933) High resolution picture

Le Terrible was a French destroyer launched in 1933, belonging to the class Le Fantasque. The ships of this class could easily exceed their projected propulsion power and top speed. Unlike the most part of foreign destroyers, they could as well sustain these extremely high speeds during long periods, allowing them to quickly pass along the Italian and German coasts in the dark hours. Le Terrible, along with the other three surviving ships of her class, was refitted in Unites States in 1943 with modern antiaircraft cannons and antisubmarine equipment, and also with radar, being subsequently reclassified the ships as light cruisers, despite of their absolute lack of armor, which was their biggest defect.

The illustrations show the destroyer Le Terrible as she was in 1944 after the refit in United States; note the position of the torpedo tubes and the abundant antiaircraft armament crowned by a quadruple 40-millimeters Bofors mounting. Le Terrible served as escort ship for aircraft carriers until 1956, when she was transferred to the role of training ship. She was eventually scrapped in June 1962.

Class: Le Fantasque (6 units - L'Audacieux, Le Fantasque, L'Indomptable, Le Malin, Le Terrible, Le Triomphant)

Type: Destroyer

Length: 132.4 meters

Beam: 11.98 meters

Draught: 4.3 meters

Displacement (standard): 2610 tonnes

Propulsion: 2 x shaft, 2 x steam turbine Parsons/Rateau, 4 x boiler Penhoet, 100000 horsepower

Speed: 45.25 knots (83.8 kilometers/hour) as built; 37 knots (68.5 kilometers/hour) after 1943 refit

Range: 3560 nautical miles (6600 kilometers) at 17 knots

Complement: 220

Armament (as built): 5 x 138-millimeter cannon, 4 x 37-millimeter cannon, 4 x 13.2-millimeter machine gun, 9 x 550-millimeter torpedo tube, 40 x depth charge

Armament (in 1944): 5 x 138-millimeter cannon, 6 x 40-millimeter cannon, 10 x 20-millimeter cannon, 6 x 533-millimeter torpedo tube, 40 x depth charge

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