Arabe (1917)

Arabe at Toulon. Photo by Marius Bar, believed to be in the public domain.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Launched
1917
Commissioned
1917
Decommissioned
1936
AD/BC
AD
History

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.

Bonus Information

It is interesting to see Japan building warships for export in the 1910s, given that they had only just ended their need to purchase larger warships from foreign yards.