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First construction of a series of eleven, the submarine "Daphne" was baptized on 10 October 1955. Placed on the dock in March 1958 in Dubigeon sites of Nantes, was put
swim the June 20, 1959 and made its first trials to January 14, 1961, when he left Nantes and approached Cherbourg to completion.
Entering service between 1964 and 1970, "Daphne" 1000 tons, with classic propulsion, were high-performance submarines.
Taking the characteristics of the propulsion device, detection, silence and handling of class "Arethusa", that they were, in some way, an extrapolation, the specifications of these ocean submarine gave emphasis to the depth of immersion, detection and weaponry means. But they could not recharge their tubes at sea.
These units should carry out their missions through on diving. All facilities were studied to make life on board relatively comfortable using the best
way the available space.
The class "Daphne" has been updated from the year 1971 to receive the DUUA2B sonar (including a more voluminous bow dome) and the DLTD3A, allowing the launch of torpedoes filoguiados F17.
Eleven buildings were made to the French Navy in the arsenals of Cherbourg and Brest, as well as in Dubigeon sites in Nantes.
The Daphne class was a type of diesel-electric submarines patrol built in France between 1958 and 1970 for the French Navy and for export. These ships were larger versions of submarines Arethuse class. Eleven were used by France. Boats of this project were sold to many other countries: Pakistan (3), Portugal (4), South Africa (3), Spain (4). However, two (1970 and Euridice Minerve 1968) have had accidents that led to falling sales. The cause turned out to be considered a fault tight. The submarines were demolished in the 1990s and Portugal sold one of their boats to Pakistan. This, of PNS Hangor name sank the Indian frigate INS Khukri during the year 1971 in the Indo-Pakistani war. Pakistan has also demobilized this type of submarines and is replacing it with the Agosta and Agosta-90B, for which France has technology transfer and license to export to other countries friends.
Portuguese Navy (Albacore class)
S163 Albacora - delivered in 1967 - off in 2000
S164 Barracuda - delivered in 1968 - off in 2010
S165 Sperm - delivered in 1969 - sold to Pakistan in 1975
S166 Dauphin - delivered in 1969 - off in 2005
Daphne class submarine from Heller, in 1/400 scale.
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