Allied Warships

FR Vauquelin

Large destroyer of the Vauquelin class

NavyThe French Navy
TypeLarge destroyer
Built byAt. & Ch de France (Dunkirk, France) 
Laid down13 Mar 1930 
Launched29 Mar 1931 
Commissioned3 Nov 1933 
Lost27 Nov 1942 

Scuttled at Toulon on 27 November 1942 to prevent her capture by the Germans.


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Notable events involving Vauquelin include:

7 Oct 1939
Around 1000A/7, the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN) departed Plymouth for the Brest area to make rendezvous with French warships and then on to Dakar. On departure from Plymouth HMS Hermes was escorted by the destroyers HMS Keith (Cdr.(Retd.) H.T.W. Pawsey, OBE, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN).

Around 1915A/7, HMS Hermes anchored off Brest. The destroyers then returned to Plymouth.

Around 2115A/7, HMS Hermes got underway again to proceed to the Dakar area in company with French warships. These were the battlecruiser Strasbourg (Capt. J.F.E. Bouxin) and the destroyers Le Fantasque (Capt. P.A.B. Still), Le Terrible (Cdr. A.E.R. Bonneau) and L’Audacieux (Cdr. L.M. Clatin). This force was known as 'Force N'.

Around 1430A/10, the heavy cruisers Algerie (Capt. L.H.M. Nouvel de la Fleche) and Dupleix (Capt. L.L.M. Hameury) and the destroyers Maille Breze (Cdr. H.M.E.A. Glotin) and Vauquelin (Cdr. R. Jaujard) joined.

The Force arrived at Dakar on 14 October 1939. (1)


  1. ADM 53/109170 + ADM 53/109430 + ADM 53/110977

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

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