FR Chevalier Paul
Large destroyer of the Vauquelin class
|Navy||The French Navy|
|Built by||F.&Ch de la Mediterranee (La Seyne, France)|
|Laid down||28 Feb 1931|
|Launched||21 Mar 1932|
|Commissioned||20 Jul 1934|
|Lost||16 Jun 1941|
|Loss position||35° 20'N, 35° 20'E|
Sunk off Syria in position 35º20'N, 35º20'E by British torpedo bombers.
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Notable events involving Chevalier Paul include:
5 May 1940
Around 1800A/5 the French armed merchant cruisers El D’Jezair, El Kantara, El Mansour, the French troopships Djenne, President Doumer, the British troopships Duchess of Atholl and Reina del Pacifico departed Scapa Flow for the Clyde. They made the passage together with the damaged British heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. J.W. Durnford, RN). They were escorted by the British destroyers HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Grenade (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, RN) and HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN), the French large destroyers Chevalier Paul (Cdr. M. L. Bonnot), Tartu (Capt. J.M. Chomel) and Milan (Cdr. L.M.E. Plumejeaud).
They arrived in the Clyde the next day.