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CHAMOIS avisos-minesweepers (sloops-minesweepers) (1939-1947)

Annamite 1940

Commandant Amyot d'Inville 1950

Commandant Amyot d'Inville 1960

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Commandant de Pimodan (ex-Alfred de Courcy) A06, 1950- F739 A C de La Loire, Nantes 1939 1941 1947 BU 1/1966
Amiral Duperré   A C de la Loire, Nantes 1939 --- --- abandoned 6/1940
Amiral Gourdon   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1939 --- --- abandoned 6/1940
Amiral Sénès   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 8/1939 1942 --- // 3/1944 completed as German SG21 Bernd von Arnim
Annamite, 1953- Chamois A09, 1950- F734 Arsenal de Lorient 4/1938 17/6/1939 2/1940 FNFL 11/1942, to Morocco 1961 (El Lahiq)
Chamois   Arsenal de Lorient 11/1936 29/4/1938 1939 scuttled 27/11/1942 (later German SG21)
Chevreuil U89, 1945- A10, 1950- F735 Arsenal de Lorient 6/1937 17/6/1939 9/1939 captured by British 3/7/940, FNFL 7/1940, to Tunisia 10/1959 (Destur)
Enseigne Ballande   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 8/1939 25/5/1942 --- captured by Germans on the stocks (SG22), scuttled incomplete 20/8/1944
Enseigne Bisson   A C de La Loire, Nantes 1939 --- --- abandoned 6/1940
Gazelle A08, 1950- F736 Arsenal de Lorient 6/1937 17/6/1939 10/1939 FNFL 11/1942, sold 3/1961
Bisson (ex-L`Ambitieuse) A05, 1950- F737 Arsenal de Lorient 1939 5/3/1946 1947 BU 1964
La Furieuse   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1939 --- --- cancelled 1940
La Généreuse   Arsenal de Lorient 1939 --- --- abandoned 6/1940
L`Heureuse   Arsenal de Lorient 1939 --- --- abandoned 6/1940
La Joyeuse   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 1939 --- --- cancelled 1940
La Maliceuse   Arsenal de Lorient 1939 --- --- abandoned 6/1940
Commandant Ducuing (ex-La Preneuse)   F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1939 8/6/1948 --- abandoned 1948
La Rieuse   F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1939 --- --- abandoned 6/1940
La Sérieuse   F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1939 --- --- abandoned 6/1940
La Surprise (ex-Bambora)   Arsenal de Lorient 4/1938 17/6/1939 3/1940 sunk 8/11/1942
La Trompeuse   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 1939 --- --- cancelled 1940
Commandant Amyot d`Inville (ex-La Victorieuse) A07, 1950- F738 A C de la Loire, Nantes 1939 1941 1947 BU 1965
Matelot Leblanc   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 8/1939 10/7/1942 --- // 5/1943 completed as German SG41
Rageot de la Touche   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 8/1939 2/9/1942 --- // 10/1943 completed as German SG15

 

Displacement standard, t

647

post-war built: 660

Displacement full, t

900

Length, m

73.8 pp 78.3 oa

Breadth, m

8.70

Draught, m

3.28

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Sulzer diesels

Power, h. p.

4000

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

diesel oil 105

post-war built: diesel oil 82

Endurance, nm(kts) 10000(9)

Armament

designed: 1 x 2 - 100/45 M1933, 1 x 4 - 13.2/76, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, sweeps

really pre-war built: 1 x 1 - 100/45 M1892 or M1932 or 1 x 2 - 90/50 M1926, 1 x 4 - 13.2/76, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (40)

post-war built: 2 x 1 - 105/45 SK C/32, 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (120)

Complement

106

   

Ship project history: 1935 (3 ships), 1937 (2) and 1938 (4) programs. Building of three ships of the 1938 program and 12 of 1939 program was cancelled. As a whole design was close to Élan, but ships had extended forecastle.

 

Modernizations: 1948, Annamite, Chevreul, Gazelle: were rearmed with 1 x 2 - 90/50 M1926, 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (120)

 

Naval service: Chamois was scuttled 27/11/1942 at Toulon, salvaged by Germans and commissioned by them as fast escort SG21; 23/11/1943 she was sunk by Allied aircraft, raised again and ultimately sunk by American destroyers 15/8/1944. Chevreuil 3/7/1940 was captured by British at Portsmouth and transferred to FNFL. La Surprise was sunk at Oran 8/11/1942 at Allied landing. Matelot Leblanc was completed by Germans and commissioned by them as fast escort SG14; 24/8/1944 she was sunk at Capri by Allied aircraft. Rageot de la Touche was completed by Germans and commissioned as fast escort SG15 (UJ2229), she was sunk by British submarine Universal. Amiral Sénès was captured by Germans, renamed SG16 and scuttled at Marseilles. Enseigne Ballande was captured by Germans, renamed SG17, completed but never commissioned and was scuttled.

 

Annamite

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15