FFL Commandant Detroyat (K 183)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Free French Navy|
|Built by||Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland)|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||19 Sep 1940|
|Launched||9 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||16 Sep 1941|
Transferred to the free French Navy upon completion on 16 September 1941.
|Former name||HMS Coriander|
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Notable events involving Commandant Detroyat include:
19 Mar 1942
Convoy AS 2.
This convoy departed Charleston, South Carolina, USA on 19 March 1942.
The convoy was made up of the following (troop) transports; Agwileon (American, 6678 GRT, built 1907), Brazil (American, 20614 GRT, built 1929) and Mormactide (American, 7773 GRT, built 1941).
They were escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN), escort carrier HMS Archer (Cdr. J.I. Robertson, RN) and the destroyers USS Upshur (Lt.Cdr. W.K. Romoser, USN), USS Du Pont (T/Lt.Cdr. F.M. Adamson, USN) and USS Cole (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Dyer, USN).
Around 0800Q/20, the destroyer USS Du Pont was detached to return to Charlestown.
Around 1200Q/22, HMS Devonshire was detached to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she arrived later the same day.
The convoy arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico later the same day.
At 0900Q/23, the Agwileon departed San Juan for St. Thomas where she arrived later the same day to fuel. She was escorted by USS Cole.
Around 0630Q/24, the Brazil, Mormactide and HMS Archer departed San Juan. They were joined off the harbour entrance by USS Upshur who first had conducted an A/S sweep of the harbour prior to the departure of the convoy.
Around 1400Q/24, the Agwileon, HMS Devonshire and USS Cole joined the convoy coming from St. Thomas.
Around 0900P/25, the troopship Monterey (American, 148017 GRT, built 1932) and USS Du Pont joined the convoy. They had departed Charleston around 1900Q/21.
Around 0645P/26, USS Du Pont was detached from the convoy. She was to proceed to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Around 0400P/27, USS Upshur was detached from the convoy. She was to proceed to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Around 0600P/28, USS Cole was detached to proceed to Bermuda.
Around 1400N/2, HMS Devonshire parted company with the convoy to proceed ahead of it to Freetown where she arrived around 0600Z/3.
The convoy arrived around 1430Z/3. (1)
22 Nov 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Burdock (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Lynes, RD, RNR), FFS Commandant Drogou, FFS Commandant Detroyat, HMS Morris Dance (T/Lt. S.A. MacKechnie, RNVR) and HMS Rumba (T/Lt. E.C.F.D. Jacquier, RNVR). (4)
4 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant, HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wild Goose (Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN). (5)
8 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant and HMS Promise (T/Lt. S.A. Sargent, RNVR), ML 559 (T/Lt. C.A. Head, RNVR) and ML 453 (T/Lt. L.V. Horne, RNVR). (5)
9 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with FFS Commandant Detroyant and HMS Promise (T/Lt. S.A. Sargent, RNVR), HMS Castleton (Cdr.(Retd.) C.W.V.T.S. Lepper, RN) and HMS Sapper (T/Lt. R.C. Lees, RNR). (5)
9 Jul 1943
Commandant Detroyat picks up 239 survivors from the British passenger ship De la Salle and 76 survivors from the British merchant Manchester Citizen that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-508 60 nautical miles south-west of Lagos in the Gulf of Benin in position 05°50'N, 02°22'E.
- ADM 53/115779
- File 188.8.131.52 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6440 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17528
- ADM 173/17923
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.