Destroyer of the Bourrasque class
|Navy||The French Navy|
|Built by||F.&Ch de la Mediterranee (La Seyne, France)|
|Laid down||23 Sep 1923|
|Launched||24 Jan 1925|
|Commissioned||1 Jun 1928|
|Lost||18 Jun 1940|
Cyclone (Capitaine De Vaisseau Yves François Charles Anne Marie Urvoy de Portzamparc) was torpedoed and badly damaged by the German motor torpedo boat S-24 on 30 May 1940.
Commands listed for FR Cyclone
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|Yves Francois Charles Anne Marie Urvoy de Portzamparc, FR|
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Notable events involving Cyclone include:
16 Apr 1940
Cyclone (Capt. Yves Fran?ois Charles Anne Marie Urvoy de Portzamparc) departed Brest in escort of Convoy FS 1, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 19 April. (1)
26 Apr 1940
Cyclone (Capt. Yves Fran?ois Charles Anne Marie Urvoy de Portzamparc) departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 4, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 29 April. (1)
11 May 1940
The British (AA) destroyers HMS Valentine (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan, RAN), HMS Winchester (Lt.Cdr. S.E. Crewe-Read, RN) and the French destroyers Sirocco (Lt.Cdr. G.R.C.M.J.M. de Toulouse-Lautrec) and Cyclone (Capt. Y.F.C.A.M. Urvoy de Portzamparc) departed Dunkirk for Flushing escorting the French transport Côte d'Argent (3047 GRT, built 1933).
After arrival early in the afternoon HMS Valentine and HMS Winchester gave AA protection to the Breskens - Flushing ferry until dusk.
Also the French transports Pavon (4128 GRT, built 1930) and Newhaven (1656 GRT, built 1911) were escorted in the Scheldt estuary.
30 May 1940
The French destroyer Cyclone was hit by a torpedo fired by the German motor torpedo boat S-24. She was badly damaged but was able to sail at a speed of 5 knots. The French Commanding Officer asked the Polish destroyer Blyskawica for escort. The Polish destroyer answered and provided the cover requested. Both ships then met the French destroyer Sirocco that was loaded with soldiers. She passed nearby and disappeared in the darkness. After one hour Sirocco was torpedoed and sunk by the German motor torpedo boats S-23 and S-26. Blyskawica left Cyclone. She picked up 15 survivors from the Sirocco. Then she returned to Cyclone and accompanied her to Dover. (1)
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