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CROIX DE LORRAINE frigates (1944, 1943/1944)

La Surprise 1944

La Surprise 1960

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
L`Aventure (ex-Braid) K263, 1945- F07, 1950- F707 761 Simons, Renfrew, UK 12/1942 30/11/1943 1/1944 BU 1962
L`Escarmouche (ex-Frome), 1957- L`Ailette K267, 1945- F09, 1950- F709   Blyth, UK 5/1942 1/6/1943 3/1944 BU 9/1961
Tonkinois (ex-Moyola), 1953- La Confiance K260, 1945- F11, 1950- F711 1106 Smiths Dock, South Bank, UK 2/1942 27/8/1942 1/1943 // 10/1944 BU 9/1961
Croix de Lorraine (ex-Strule, ex-Glenarm) K260, 1945- F10, 1950- F710 331 Robb, Leith, UK 7/1942 8/3/1943 7/1943 // 9/1944 BU 9/1961
La Surprise (ex-Torridge) K292, 1945- F08, 1950- F708   Blyth, UK 10/1942 16/8/1943 4/1944 to Morocco 1964 (El Maouna)
La Découverte (ex-Windrush) K370, 1945- F12, 1950- F712 340 Robb, Leith, UK 11/1942 18/6/1943 11/1943 // 2/1944 BU 5/1961
  

Displacement standard, t

1420

Displacement full, t

2130

Length, m

86.3 pp 91.8 oa

Breadth, m

11.2

Draught, m

3.61 - 3.89 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

5500

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

oil 646

Croix de Lorraine: oil 440

Endurance, nm(kts) 7700(12)

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk XIX, (2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 7 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV) or 9 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (150)

Sensors

type 271 or 272, 291 radars, sonars

Complement

140

Ship project history: British River class frigates, transferred to France in 1944

Modernizations: late 1940s, all: - 2 x 1 - 102/40; + 2 x 1 - 105/45 SK C/32

Naval service: La Surprise 20/6/1944 was damaged on a mine at coast of Normandy.

La Surprise

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15