Allied Warships

FFL L'Aventure (K 263)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Free French Navy
PennantK 263 
Built byW. Simons & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered8 Nov 1941 
Laid down 
Launched30 Nov 1943 
Commissioned21 Jan 1944 
End service 1964 

Transferred to the F.N.F.L. (Free French) on 21 January 1944 and renamed L'Aventure.
Decommissioned in 1964.

Former nameHMS Braid

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Notable events involving L'Aventure include:

21 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with FFS L'Escarmouche and FFS L'Aventure. (1)

22 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with FFS L'Escarmouche, FFS L'Aventure, HMS Dovey (T/A/Lt.Cdr. T.W.F. Bolland, RNR) and HMS Loring (Lt. A.d'E.T. Sangster, RN). (1)

29 Nov 1944
Around 1200A/29, the escort carrier HMS Hunter (Capt. A.D. Torlesse, RN) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. She was escorted by the frigate FFS L'Aventure (?) and HMS Waldegrave (Lt. T. Hay, RN).

Around 2130A/29, the escort carriers HMS Attacker (Capt. G.F. Renwick, RN) and HMS Stalker (Capt. L.C. Sinker, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Gibraltar. They were escorted by the destroyers HrMs Van Galen (Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN), HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. P. Bekenn, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Melbreak (A/Lt.Cdr. G.J. Kirkby, DSC, RN).

Around 2250A/29, HMS Hunter joined the group coming from Plymouth. Her original escort then parted company.

Around 1000A/1, HrMs Van Galen HMS Impulsive and HMS Melbreak parted company to return to Plymouth where they arrived around 1230A/2. They had been relieved by the destroyers HMS Malcolm (Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, DSO, RNVR), HMS Verity (Lt. C.G. Cowley, RN) and the frigate HMS Ballinderry (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Aikman, RNR).

HMS Attacker, HMS Hunter, HMS Stalker, HMS Malcolm, HMS Verity and HMS Ballinderry arrived at Gibraltar around 0745A/3. (2)


  1. ADM 173/19326
  2. ADM 53/118935 + ADM 53/118936 + ADM 53/119573 + ADM 53/119574 + ADM 53/120554 + ADM 53/120555 + File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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