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Chacal-class destroyer


Chacal-class destroyer

Chacal class destroyer
Class overview
Name: Chacal or Jaguar
Succeeded by: Guépard class
Completed: 6
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
  • 2,126 long tons (2,160 t) standard
  • 3,098 long tons (3,148 t) full load
Length: 127 m (416 ft 8 in)
Beam: 11.2 m (36 ft 9 in)
Draught: 3.65 m (12 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: Geared turbines, 5 boilers, 55,000 shp (41,013 kW)
Speed: 35.5 knots (65.7 km/h; 40.9 mph)
Complement: 8 officers, 196 men
  • 5 × 130 mm (5 in) guns
  • 2 × 37 mm/50 DCA Mod 1933 AA guns
  • 6 × 550 mm (21.7 in) torpedo tubes

The Chacal class, sometimes known as the Jaguar class, were a group of six French Navy large destroyers (contre-torpilleur) built commencing 1923. Designed as larger, more capable counterparts to the Bourrasque class, they set a standard for French destroyer design until the mid-1930s. All were named for wild animals: Chacal means jackal, and the other five were named for big cats.


Contre-torpilleur Jaguar (1926)

The class saw service in the Second World War.

Ship Pennant Numbers Builder Commissioned Fate
Chacal 2; G2; 7; 9; -3; X23 AT Ch de St Nazaire Panhoet 12 June 1926 Lost on 24 May 1940, being sunk off Boulogne-sur-Mer by German aircraft. The wreck lies in only 2 meters of water in position 50.47.58N, 01.35.44E
Jaguar -1; X21 Arsenal de Lorient 24 July 1926 Sunk
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