FR Souffleur


The French submarine Souffleur was laid down at Arsenal de Chebourg in 1923, and was launched the year after. She was commissioned in 1926, and was at the outbreak of World War Two stationed in Bizerte in Tunis and the 9. submarine division. After the French capitulation in the summer 1940, she was taken over by Vichy France. While surfaced to recharge her batteries outside Lebanon, she was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine HMS Parthian 25.June 1941. Commander Benoit Lejay and the whole crew went down with her. The wreck rest today outside Khaldah bay, south of Beirut, on a depth of 33 to 40 meter.

Former names:
Q 116
256,1 x 22,5 x 16,9 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1441 displ ( surfaced )
Cherbourg ( F ) 1924
( F )

N 3° 49′ 0″ E 35° 26′ 0″
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Picture: Souffleur in Gdynia in 1926
Courtesy of Naval Encyclopedia

Last updated: April 2019