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ÉLAN avisos-minesweepers (sloops-minesweepers) (1939-1940)

La Capricieuse 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Élan A19, 1950- F748 Arsenal de Lorient 8/1936 27/7/1938 1939 interned in Turkey 6/1941-12/1944, sold 3/1958
Commandant Bory A11, 1950- F740 A C de France, Dunkerque 11/1936 26/1/1939 9/1939 FNFL 11/1942, sold 2/1953
Commandant Delage A12, 1950- F741 A C de France, Dunkerque 11/1936 25/2/1939 12/1939 FNFL 11/1942, sold 10/1960
Commandant Duboc U41, 1945- A17, 1950- F743 A C Dubigeon, Nantes 12/1936 16/1/1939 8/1939 captured by British 3/7/1940, FNFL 7/1940, sold 7/1963
Commandant Rivière   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 11/1936 16/2/1939 9/1939 captured by Germany 8/12/1942 (Italian FR52)
La Capricieuse A16, 1950- F745 A C Dubigeon, Nantes 1/1938 19/4/1939 2/1940 captured by British 3/7/1940, returned 1945, BU 9/1964
La Moquese U17, 1945- A13, 1950- F747 Arsenal de Lorient 9/1938 25/1/1940 4/1940 captured by British 3/7/1940, FNFL 7/1940, BU 10/1965
Commandant Dominié (ex-La Rieuse) U70, 1945- A15, 1950- F742 A C Dubigeon, Nantes 2/1938 2/5/1939 4/1940 captured by British 3/7/1940, FNFL 7/1940, BU 10/1960
L`Impétueuse   A C de France, Dunkerque 4/1938 17/8/1939 5/1940 scuttled 27/11/1942 (later Italian FR54)
La Curieuse   Arsenal de Lorient 8/1938 11/11/1939 1940 scuttled 27/11/1942 (later Italian FR55)
La Batalleuse   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 12/1937 22/8/1939 3/1940 captured by Germany 8/12/1942 (Italian FR51)
La Boudeuse A18, 1950- F744 A C de France, Dunkerque 3/1938 9/1939 1940 FNFL 11/1942, sold 4/1958
La Gracieuse A14, 1950- F746 A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 2/1938 30/11/1939 1940 FNFL 11/1942, sold 9/1958

 

Displacement standard, t

630

Displacement full, t

895

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 100

Endurance, nm(kts) 9000(14)

Armament

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

really: 1 x 1 - 100/45 M1893 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)

Complement

106

   

Ship project history: Built under 1934 (1 ship), 1936 (4) and 1937 (8) programs. La Trompeuse was cancelled. Under the project they should have minesweeping equipment. Really no one ship received it, they all were equipped instead by 2 DCT and 1 DCR. May be, some ships under British and FNFL control were rearmed with British 102mm guns and single pompoms.

 

Modernizations: 1941 - 1942, Commandant Dominié was rearmed as follows: 1 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 1 - 40/39 QF Mk VIII, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 4 x 2 - 12.7/62, 2 x 1 - 12.7/62, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (40)

1941 - 1942, Commandant Duboc was rearmed as follows: 1 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 1 - 40/39 QF Mk VIII, 1 x 1 - 25/60 M1938, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (40)

1941 - 1942, La Moquese was rearmed as follows: 1 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/III/V, 1 x 1 - 40/39 QF Mk VIII, 3 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (40)

1947, Commandant Dominié was rearmed as follows: 1 x 1 - 105/45 SK C/32, 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 2, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (40)

Naval service: Commandant Duboc, Commandant Dominié, La Moqueuse and La Capricieuse 3/7/1940 were captured by British. First three have been transferred to FNFL. Élan participated in the Syrian campaign of 1941 and then was interned in Turkey till 23/12/1944. Commandant Rivière and La Batailleuse were captured by Germans at Bizerte 8/12/1942 but never commissioned by them. Commandant Rivière was sunk by Allied aircraft. La Batailleuse was transferred to Italians and named FR57; 9/9/1943 she was scuttled at La Spezia, again salvaged by Germans and ultimately scuttled by them at Genoa. L`lmpétueuse and La Curieuse were scuttled at Toulon 27/11/1942, both salvaged by Italians, named FR54 and FR55 respectively and 4/9/1943 were captured by Germans. Former was scuttled by them at Marseilles, latter served as fast escort SG25 and in 1944 was scuttled by Germans at Toulon. Commandant Bory, Commandant Delage, La Boudeuse and La Gracieuse after Allied landing in the North Africa have come over to the side of Allies.

La Capricieuse in RN 1942

Commandant Duboc 1943

L`Impétueuse 1941

 

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Ivan Gogin, 2009-14