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FR51 corvettes (1939-1940/1943)

La Capricieuse 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
FR51 (ex-La Batalleuse)   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc, France 12/1937 22/8/1939 3/1940 // 1/1943 scuttled 9/9/1943
FR52 (ex-Commandant Rivière)   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc, France 11/1936 16/2/1939 9/1939 // 1/1943 sunk 28/5/1943
FR54 (ex-L`Impétueuse)   A C de France, Dunkerque, France 4/1938 17/8/1939 5/1940 // --- captured incomplete by Germany 9/9/1943
FR55 (ex-La Curieuse)   Arsenal de Lorient, France 8/1938 11/11/1939 1940 // --- captured incomplete by Germany 9/9/1943

 

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) 10000(9)

Armament

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)

Complement

106

   

Ship project history: Two 630t former French avisos La Batailleuse and Commandant Rivere, captured at Bizerte by German troops and transferred to Italian Navy in December, 1942. They were named FR51 and FR52 respectively.4 more ships (Chamois, L`lmpetueuse, La Curieuse and Degaigneuse, were renamed FR53-56), were scuttled at Toulon in November, 1942, salvaged by Italians in 1943 and were put on repair, but by September any of them was commissioned.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: FR52 was sunk at an air raid to Leghorn 28/5/1943 by Allied bombers but later salvaged by Germans and commissioned them as SG22. FR52 was scuttled in September, 1943.

L`Impétueuse 1941

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14