Allied Warships

FR Guepard

Large destroyer of the Guepard class

NavyThe French Navy
TypeLarge destroyer
Built byArsenal de Lorient (Lorient, France) 
Laid down14 Mar 1927 
Launched19 Apr 1928 
Commissioned13 Aug 1929 
End service27 Nov 1942 

Scuttled at Toulon on 27 November 1942 to prevent her capture by the Germans.
Raised by the Italians in 1943, but not repaired.
Sunk by Allied aircraft on 11 March 1944.


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Notable events involving Guepard include:

8 May 1940
Gu?pard departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 5, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 10 May. (1)

23 Jun 1941
While on patrol off Syria, HMS Naiad (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral E.L.S. King, CB, MVO, RN) and HMNZS Leander (Capt. R.H. Bevan, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) encountered two Vichy French destroyers at 0150 hours (actually on the Guépard was present) and engaged 'them'.

The Guépard was damaged by British gunfire but managed to escape to Beirut after an action which lasted barely 15 minutes.

The British ships, of which none had sustained any damage, returned to Haifa around 0645 hours. (2)


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 53/114751

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

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