Allied Warships

FR Tempete

Destroyer of the Bourrasque class

NavyThe French Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBourrasque 
Pennant 
Built byA & Ch Dubigeon (Nantes, France) 
Ordered 
Laid down3 Dec 1923 
Launched21 Feb 1925 
Commissioned28 Sep 1926 
End service17 Feb 1950 
History

Operated by the Vichy French and based in Morocco during the Allied landing in North Africa in November 1942.
Rejoined the Allied cause.
Decommissioned 17 February 1950.

 

Commands listed for FR Tempete

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Andre Amedee Hercule Deplanque, FR

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Notable events involving Tempete include:


31 Oct 1940
The destroyer HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), which was on patrol to the east of Gibraltar sighted five Vichy French destroyers at 0610/31 (Bordelais, Brestois, L'Alcyon, Simoun and TempĂȘte) proceeding westwards to pass the Strait of Gibraltar possibly bound for Casablanca.

The battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt C.E.B. Simeon, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.F. Somerville, KCB, DSO, RN), battleship HMS Barham (Capt G.C. Cooke, RN) and the destroyers HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSC, RN), HMS Fortune (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO, RN), HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN) and HMS Greyhound (Cdr. W.R. Marshall A'Deane, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar at 0830/31 to the westward to intercept. Destroyers which were on patrol to the eastward of Gibraltar were ordered to join HMS Renown to the west of Gibraltar. These were HMS Wishart (Cdr. E.T. Cooper, RN), HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, RN) and HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN).

HMS Griffin was ordered to shadow the Vichy French ships.

HMS Renown, HMS Barham, HMS Wishart, HMS Encounter, HMS Firedrake, HMS Forester, HMS Fortune, HMS Fury, HMS Gallant and HMS Greyhound returned to Gibraltar at 1000/1. (1)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 199/392

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


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