Allied Warships

FR L’Alcyon

Destroyer of the L'Adroit class

NavyThe French Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassL'Adroit 
Pennant 
Built byF.&Ch de la Gironde (Bordeaux, France) 
Ordered 
Laid down1 Feb 1925 
Launched26 Jun 1926 
Commissioned15 Jul 1929 
End service10 Nov 1952 
History

Operated by the Vichy French and based in Morocco Casablanca during the Allied landing in North Africa in November 1942.
Rejoined the Allied cause.
Stricken 10 November 1952.

 

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Notable events involving L’Alcyon 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 Tempête) 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)

Media links


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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