Based on the Kaba-class destroyers operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy, Arabe was the lead ship of a class of destroyers built in Japan for the French Navy. She had a top speed of 29 knots, and was armed with one 120mm (4.7") gun, four 76mm (3") guns, and two twin 450mm (17.7") torpedo tubes. Arabe was one knot slower and had smaller torpedo tubes than her Japanese cousins. The French added depth charge racks shortly after they acquired her. Launched in 1917, Arabe commissioned later that year, and was in service until 1936. She was scrapped shortly after.