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BOUGAINVILLE colonial avisos (sloops) (1932-1940)

Amiral Charner 1940

Beautemps-Beaupré as planned

Dumont D'Urville 1954

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Dumont D`Urville A02, 1950- F732   A C Maritime du Sud Ouest, Bordeaux 1927 21/3/1931 1932 sold 3/1958
Bougainville     F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1927 21/4/1931 1932 sunk 9/11/1940
Savorgnan de Brazza A03, 1950- F733   A C Maritime du Sud Ouest, Bordeaux 1928 18/6/1931 1932 FNFL 1940, sold 3/1957
D`Entrecasteaux     A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 1928 22/6/1931 1933 damaged 12/1942, never repaired
Rigault de Genouilly     F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1930 18/9/1932 1933 sunk 4/7/1940
Amiral Charner     A C Maritime du Sud Ouest, Bordeaux 1930 1/10/1932 1933 scuttled 10/3/1945
D`Iberville     A C Maritime du Sud Ouest, Bordeaux 1930 23/9/1934 1935 scuttled 27/11/1942
Ville D`Ys, 4/1940- La Grandière A01, 1950- F731   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 1937 22/6/1939 1940 FNFL, sold 11/1959
Beautemps-Beaupré     F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1937 20/6/1939 --- scuttled incomplete 24/6/1940
Lapérouse     F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1938 --- --- cancelled 1940

 

Displacement standard, t

1969

Displacement full, t

2600

Length, m

98.0 pp 103.7 oa

Breadth, m

12.7

Draught, m

4.50

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Dumont D`Urville, Savorgnan de Brazza, D`Iberville, Ville D`Ys: 2 Sulzer diesels

Bougainville, D`Entrecasteaux, Rigault de Genouilly, Amiral Charner, Beautemps Beaupré, La Pérouse: 2 Burmeister & Wain diesels

Power, h. p.

3200

Max speed, kts

15.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 297

Endurance, nm(kts) 9000(10)

Armament

Dumont D`Urville, Bougainville, Savorgnan de Brazza, D`Entrecasteaux, Rigault de Genouilly, Amiral Charner, D`Iberville: 3 x 1 - 139/40 M1927, 4 x 1 - 37/50 M1925, 6 x 1 - 8/80, 50 mines, 1 seaplane (GL.832)

La Grandière: 3 x 1 - 139/40 M1927, 4 x 1 - 37/50 M1925, 6 x 1 - 8/80, 50 mines, 1 seaplane (GL.832, Potez 452)

Beautemps Beaupré, La Pérouse: 3 x 2 - 100/45 M1933, 2 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 50 mines

Complement

183

   

Ship project history: Built under 1927 (2 ships), 1928 (2), 1930(3), 1937(2) and 1938(1 ship) programs as alternative to cruisers for service in colonies where they should fulfil functions of command ships, demonstrate flag, etc. In this connection they were adapted for service in tropics. CT and gun mounts had splinter protection.

Bulding of La Pérouse was cancelled, and Beautemps-Beaupré, 84%-available, was scuttled at outfitting yard at approach of German troops 24/6/1940. On trials ships made from 17.2 (Dumont D`Urville) to 18.9 (Amiral Charner) kts.

Modernizations: 1940, Savorgnan de Brazza: - seaplane; + 1 x 2 - 37/50 M1933

1941, Dumont D`Urville: - seaplane; + 4 x 1 - 37/50 M1925, 2 x 1 - 25/60 M1938, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 x 1 - 8/80

1944, D`Entrecasteaux: - 4 x 1 - 8/80; + 6 x 1 - 13.2/76

1944, Dumont D`Urville: - 8 x 1 - 37/50, 2 x 1 - 25/60 M1938, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 8 x 1 - 8/80; + 1 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 11 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (66), SA, SF radars, QJA sonar

1944, La Grandière: - 4 x 1 - 37/50, 6 x 1 - 8/80, seaplane; + 1 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 11 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (66), SA, SF radars, QJA sonar

1944, Savorgnan de Brazza: - 6 x 1 - 8/80; + 1 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 3 x 1 - 25/60 M1938, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (66), SA, SF radars, QJA sonar

Naval service: Bougainville, served under Vichy flag, was sunk at Libreville by Gaullist Savorgnan de Brazza 9/11/1940. Rigault de Genouilly was sunk by British submarine Pandora at Oran (Algeria) 4/7/1940 in operation "Catapult". D`Entrecasteaux was hard damaged in 1942 at occupancy of Madagascar by British surface ships and never commissioned again. Amiral Charner and Dumont D`Urville participated in the French-Thai war and were scuttled 10/3/1945 in Indochina to avoid capture by Japanese.

Dumont D`Urville 1941

Dumont D`Urville 1945

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15