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Duperre class Destroyer
(Type T53 Escorteur d'escadre)

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unit launched commissioned decommissioned fate
D 633 FS Duperre June 23, 1956 October 8, 1957 June 1, 1992 scrapped 2015
D 634 FS La Bourdonnais October 15, 1955 March 3, 1958 June 1976 sunk as target 1992
D 635 FS Forbin October 15, 1955 February 1, 1958 June 1, 1981 sunk as target 1999
D 636 FS Tartu  December 2, 1955 February 5, 1958 December 1979 sunk as target 1998
D 637 FS Jaureguiberry November 5, 1955 July 15, 1958 September 16, 1977 sunk as target 1986
D 638 FS La Galissonniere March 12, 1960 July 11, 1962 April 20, 1990 scrapped 2015
Type / class: Duperre (T53 / T56) class Destroyer / Escorteur d'escadre

D 633, D 638: Arsenal de Lorient, Brittany, France
D 634, D 635: Arsenal de Brest, Brittany, France
D 636: Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretagne, Nantes, France
D 637: Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde, France

2794 tons (standard) / 3800 tons (full load)
128.6 meters (421 feet 11 inches)
Beam: 12.7 meters (41 ft 8 in)
Draft: 5.4 meters (17 ft 9 in)
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h), max.
Range: 5000 NMI (9300 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: 347

2 x
steam turbines
4 x
63000 hp (46979 kW)
2 shafts, 2 propellers

Armament (as built):

6 x
127 mm (5 inches) guns (3x twin)
6 x
57 mm guns (3x twin)
2 x
20 mm guns
12 x
550 mm torpedo tubes (4x triple)
1 x
Bofors sextuple 375 mm anti-submarine mortar
after modernization: see below


DRBV31 surface sentry and navigation radar
2 x DRBC30 fire control radars
DRBI10B altimetry radar
DRBV22A combined sentry radar
DUBV 1B sonar
The T53 or Duperre class were the second group of destroyers built for the French Navy after World War II. These ships were a modified version of the T 47-class destroyers. The main difference with the preceding ships was the provision of improved air warning and tracking radars as well as an anti-submarine mortar. The ships were built between 1957 and 1958 and were decommissioned in the late 1970s or early 1980s. A single modified ship La Galissonnière was built as a trials ship for a new generation of French weapons. This ship was designated as the T 56 class.

In 1972-73 two of the class were substantially modified:

Duperré was completely rearmed with a Model 1968 100 mm (4 in) main gun, four Exocet MM38 missiles, two quadruple L5 torpedo launchers, and two 20 mm AA cannon. She was also fitted with a helipad to carry a Lynx WG13 helicopter.

Forbin had her forward 57 mm turret removed, and her aft 127 mm turret was replaced by a helipad. She was then principally used as a naval aviation training ship alongside the helicopter cruiser Jeanne d'Arc (R97).

T56 subclass - La Galissonniere:
La Galissonnière differed slightly in specification from the rest of the class as she was built specifically to test the Malafon anti-submarine missile.

Length: 132,8 m
Beam: 12,7 m
Draught: 6,3 m
Crew: 272

2 x Model 1953 100 mm (4 inches) guns (1x2)
2 x 20 mm AA guns
1 x Malafon anti-submarine missile launcher (13 missiles)
1 x 305 mm (12 inches) quadruple anti-submarine mortar
6 x 550 mm torpedo tubes (2x3)
1 x Alouette II or Alouette III helicopter

source: wikipedia

D 633 FS Duperre:
Guy-Victor Duperré (February 20, 1775 in La Rochelle - November 2, 1846 in Paris) was a French admiral, Peer of France and thrice Naval Minister.

D 634 FS La Bourdonnais:
Bertrand-Francois Mahé, comte de La Bourdonnais (February 11, 1699 in Saint-Malo, Britanny - November 10, 1753 in Paris) was a French naval officer and administrator, in the service of the French East India Company.

D 635 FS Forbin:
Claude, chevalier, then count de Forbin-Gardanne (August 6, 1656 in Gardanne, Provence - March 4, 1733 in Saint-Marcel Castle near Marseille) was a French naval commander. In 1685-1688 he was on a diplomatic mission to Siam. He became governor of Bangkok and a general in the Siamese army, and left Siam shortly before King Narai fell ill and was deposed by a Coup d'état (overthrow).

D 636 FS Tartu:
Jean-Francois Tartu (October 11, 1751 in Recouvrance - October 24, 1793 aboard Frigate Uranie, off Gascogne ) was a French Navy officer, and hero of the French Revolution.

D 637 FS Jaureguiberry:
Jean Bernard Jauréguiberry (August 26, 1815 in Bayonne - October 21, 1887 in Paris) was a French admiral and statesman.

D 638 FS La Galissonniere:
Roland-Michel Barrin de La Galissonière, Marquis de La Galissonière, sometimes spelled Galissonnière, (November 10, 1693 in Rochefort - October 6, 1756 in Montereau-Fault-Yonne) was the French governor of New France from 1747 to 1749 and the victor in the Battle of Minorca in 1756.

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D 633 FS Duperre

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D 633 FS Duperre

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D 636 FS Tartu

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D 638 FS La Galissonniere

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D 638 FS La Galissonniere

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