Allied Warships

FFL Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves (K 93)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Free French Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 93 
Built byCharles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) : Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down26 May 1941 
Launched17 Jan 1942 
Commissioned23 May 1942 
End service31 May 1947 
History

Transferred to the Free French upon completion on 23 May 1942.
In May 1947 she was returned to Royal Navy.
Sold on 23 October 1947.
Scrapped at Troon in May 1951.

 
Former nameHMS Lotus

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Notable events involving Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves include:


21 Dec 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Hydrangea (A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RD, RNR) and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves. (1)

22 Apr 1943
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) departed Simonstown for Boma. She was escorted by the Free French corvette FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves.

In the afternoon two ratings were washed overboard of which only was recovered. The other was was reported missing after a search of over an hour.

For the daily position of the (aborted) passage to Boma and the return from Walvis Bay to Simonstown see the map below.

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5 May 1943
HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F Balston, DSO, RN) departed from Simonstown for Lagos Nigeria. She is escorted by Free French corvette HMS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves. (3)

5 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR), HMS Tintagel Castle (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC and Bar, RNR), HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (4)

6 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR) and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (4)

7 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Evenlode (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.B. Medlycott, RNR) and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (4)

10 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Awe (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR), HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN), HNoMS Tunsberg Castle and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (4)

11 May 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Awe (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR), HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN), HNoMS Tunsberg Castle and FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves . (4)

18 May 1944
HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This was the first leg of her passage to the Far East.

The passage South through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN). They were escorted until Round Island by the Free French corvette FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves.

Statesman carried out a short patrol off North-West Spain making this passage her 2nd war patrol.

For the daily positions of HMS Statesman during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Statesman 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

28 May 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with the Free French corvette FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves. (6)

30 May 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with the Free French corvette FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves. (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17529
  2. ADM 173/17960
  3. ADM 199/1861
  4. ADM 173/19192
  5. ADM 173/18819
  6. File 2.12.03.6399 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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