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LA MALOUINE corvettes (1941/1941, 1941-1942)

Lobélia 1942

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
La Malouine   1076 Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 11/1939 21/3/1940 --- // 7/1940 captured by UK 7/1940 (La Malouine)
La Bastiaise   1077 Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 11/1939 8/4/1940 --- sunk during trials 22/6/1940
La Dieppoise   1079 Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 1/1940 21/6/1940 --- // 8/1940 captured by UK 7/1940 (Fleur de Lys)
La Paimpolaise   1080 Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 3/1940 4/7/1940 --- // 9/1940 captured by UK 7/1940 (Nasturtium)
Arbalète     Harland & Wolff, Belfast, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Arc     Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Arquebuse   F10 A C de la St-Nazaire-Penhoët 1939 16/10/1940 --- // 4/1944 completed as German PA1
Carabine     Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Dague     Harland & Wolff, Belfast, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Flèche     Harland & Wolff, Belfast, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Fronde     Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Glaive     Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Hallebarde   G10 A C de la St-Nazaire-Penhoët 1939 27/11/1940 --- // 11/1943 completed as German PA2
Javeline     A C de France, Dunkerque 1940 --- --- cancelled 1940
Lance     Harland & Wolff, Belfast, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Mousquet     Harland & Wolff, Belfast, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Peruisane     Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Pique     Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Pistolet     Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 1940 --- --- fate unknown
Poignard   I10 A C de la St-Nazaire-Penhoët 1939 1941 --- captured by Germany on the stocks (PA4), scuttled incomplete 8/1944
Sabre   H10 A C de la St-Nazaire-Penhoët 1939 29/11/1940 --- // 11/1943 completed as German PA3
Tromblon     A C de France, Dunkerque 1940 --- --- cancelled 1940
Aconit (ex-Aconite) K58 435 Ailsa, Troon, UK 3/1940 31/3/1941 7/1941 to UK 4/1947
Alysse (ex-Alyssum) K100 218 George Brown, Greenock, UK 6/1940 3/3/1941 6/1941 // 6/1941 sunk 10/2/1942
Commandant Drogou (ex-Chrysanthemum) K195 1104 Harland & Wolff, Belfast, UK 12/1940 11/4/1941 1/1942 to UK 5/1947
Commandant Détroyat (ex-Coriander) K183 760 Hall Russell, Aberdeen, UK 1940 9/6/1941 7/1941 to UK 1947 (Coriander)
Lobélia (ex-Lobelia) K05 672 Hall, Aberdeen, UK 6/1940 15/2/1941 7/1941 to UK 4/1947
Commandant d`Estienne d`Orves (ex-Lotus) K93   Hill, Bristol, UK 5/1941 17/1/1942 5/1942 to UK 5/1947
Mimosa (ex-Mimosa) K11   Hill, Bristol, UK 4/1940 18/1/1941 5/1941 sunk 9/6/1942
Renoncule (ex-Ranonculus) K117 746 Simons, Renfrew, UK 1940/41 25/6/1941 7/1941 to UK 1947
Roselys (ex-Sundew) K57 155 Lewis, Aberdeen, UK 1940/41 28/5/1941 9/1941 to UK 1947

 

Displacement standard, t

925

Displacement full, t

1170

Length, m

57.9 pp 62.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.1

Draught, m

4.14 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

2750

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 230

Endurance, nm(kts) 3500(12)

Armament

ships built for France: 1 x 1 - 100/45 M1932, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 DCR (12)

ex-RN ships: 1 x 1 - 102/45 BL Mk IX, 1 x 1 - 40/39 QF Mk VIII, 2 x 2 - 7.7/87, 2 DCT, 2 DCR (40)

Sensors

ships built for France: sonar

ex-RN ships: type 286, 290 radars, sonar

Complement

85 - 109

Ship project history: 4 ships of 1st group were built specially for France and should have French armament. After capitulation of France La Malouine, La Dieppoise and La Paimpolaise 1/7/1940 were confiscated by British Government and commissioned by the RN as La Malouine, Fleur de Lys and Nasturtium. Fourth ship, La Bastiaise, was lost on a mine 22/6/1940 during sea trails, formally being still the property of the builder.

18 more ships for French Navy were ordered in 1939 and 1940 to French and British builders. Any of them did not entered service under French flag.

9 ships of 2nd group were transferred to FNFL from RN in 1941-1942

Modernizations: to 1945, Lobélia: - 2 x 2 - 7.7/87; + 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT (72 DC at all)

to 1945, Aconit, Commandant Drogou, Commandant Détroyat, Commandant d`Estienne d`Orves, Mimosa, Renoncule, Roselys: - 2 x 2 - 7.7/87; + 2 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT (72 DC at all)

Naval service: Two ships became victims of German submarines: Alysse 8/2/1942 was damaged by U654 and sank in two days, Mimosa 9/6/1942 was sunk by U124.

La Malouine 1941

Lobélia 1942

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15