Allied Warships

FR La Moqueuse

Minesweeper of the Elan class

NavyThe French Navy
Built byArsenal de Lorient (Lorient, France) 
Laid downSep 1938 
Launched19 Apr 1939 
CommissionedApr 1940 
End service30 Oct 1965 

Seized by the British on 3 July 1940.
Transferred to the Free French (F.N.F.L.) on 10 August 1940.
Stricken 30 October 1965.


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Notable events involving La Moqueuse include:

14 Jan 1941
At 0820 hours, HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse. (1)

27 Feb 1941
Late in the afternoon, off Milford Haven near position 51°37'N, 05°28'W HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) and HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) and their escort the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse encounter the British merchant Losada (6520 GRT, built 1921). As La Moqueuse was more than a mile behind both submarines the crew of the Losada think they were German U-boats and opened fire. To prevent being hit both submarines crash dive. The crew of La Moqueuse had not seen both submarines dive and was now also under the impression that a German U-boat was nearby and dropped three depth charges. O 21 was the target of the attack but sustains no damage. Both submarines surfaced shortly afterwards. (2)

24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.

The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.

This convoy was attacked in the morning by two submarines; HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN).

In the afternoon the convoy was attacked (near Campbeltown) by HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN), HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN). (3)

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  1. ADM 199/1864
  2. ADM 199/1880
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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