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CH5 submarine chasers (1940-1946)

Diélette 1943

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Ch5, 1943- Carentan Q005 272 A C de France, Dunkerque 1938 3/4/1939 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1943, foundered 21/12/1943
Ch6   273 A C de France, Dunkerque 1938 18/7/1939 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940
Ch7   281 A C de France, Dunkerque 1938 10/11/1939 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940
Ch8, 1942- Rennes   282 A C de France, Dunkerque 1938 27/1/1940 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1942, sunk 13/7/1942
Ch9   164 F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1938 12/1/1940 1940 sunk 21/5/1940
Ch10, 1942- Bayonne Q010 165 F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1938 1940 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1942, to Syria 1949 (Akaba ben Naseh)
Ch11, 1941- Boulogne Q011 166 F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1938 1940 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1941, BU 11/1948
Ch12, 1941- Bénodet Q012, 1950- P728 167 F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1938 1940 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1941, BU 1954
Ch13, 1942- Calais Q013 90 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 1938 1940 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1942, to Syria 1949 (Tarek ben Said)
Ch14, 1942- Diélette Q014 91 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 1938 1940 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1942, BU 5/1952
Ch15, 1941- Paimpol Q015 92 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 1938 1940 1940 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1941, BU 1949
Ch16   93 A C de la Seine-Maritime, Le Trait 1938 9/6/1940 --- scuttled incomplete 18/6/1940
Ch17   284 F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1939 1941 --- // 4/1943 completed as German RA3
Ch18   293 F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1939 1941 --- // 10/1942 completed as German RA4
Ch19     F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1939 1941 1946 to Syria 1949 (Al Harissi)
Ch20     F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1939 1941 --- scuttled incomplete 1944
Ch21 P705   F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1939 1941 1946 BU 1954
  

Displacement standard, t

107

Displacement full, t

137

Length, m

35.5 pp 37.1 oa

Breadth, m

5.66

Draught, m

1.95

No of shafts

2

Machinery

MAN diesels

Power, h. p.

1130

Max speed, kts

15.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 5.5

Endurance, nm(kts) 1200(8)

Armament

1 x 1 - 75/35 M1897, 2 x 1 - 8/80, 4 DCT, 1 DCR (10), sweeps

Complement

23

Ship project history: Close to the previous class. Incomplete Ch16 was scuttled at Lorient 18/6/1940. Incomplete Ch17-21 received German names RA6, 7, 1, 2 and 8 respectively.

Modernizations: 1942, FNFL ships: - 2 x 1 - 8/80; + 1 x 1 - 40/39 QF Mk VIII, 1 x 2 - 12.7/62, 2 x 2 - 7.7/87 (20 DC at all).

Naval service: Ch9 21/5/1940 off Dunkirk was damaged by German aircraft and ran aground. Ch5, 8, 10-13 and 15 were captured by British 3/7/1940. All were subsequently transferred to FNFL. Ch5 was lost 21/12/1943 in La Manche during a storm. Ch6 and Ch7 were sunk 11/11/1940 in La Manche by German torpedo boats. According to some information, they were crewed by Polish seamen. Ch8 was sunk 13/7/1942 by German aircraft in La Manche. Ch11 and Ch15 served since 19/7/1940 till 6/2/1941 under Polish flag.

Ch12 1942

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15