Allied Warships

FFL La Découverte (K 370)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Free French Navy
PennantK 370 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.): Plenty 
Ordered14 Jun 1942 
Laid down 
Launched18 Jun 1943 
CommissionedFeb 1944 
End service 

Transferred to the F.N.F.L. (Free French) in February 1944 and renamed La Découverte.
Decommissioned in 1959.

Former nameHMS Windrush

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Notable events involving La Découverte include:

23 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with ORP Burza (Lt.Cdr. F. Pitulko) and FFS La Découverte. (1)

15 Apr 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with FFS La Découverte and HMS Burdock (Lt. H.M. Collier, RNR). (2)

8 Jun 1944
Shortly after 1600B/8, HMS Nelson (Capt. A.H. Maxwell-Hyslop, AM, RN) departed Plymouth for Portsmouth. On departure from harbour first some exercises were carried out during which the frigate La Découverte was in company as escort. The frigate was however ordered to return to harbour around 1640B/8.

HMS Nelson was then joined around 1730B/8, by the frigate La Surprise and ten minutes later the escort destroyer HMS Hambledon (Lt. L.G. Toone, RN) also joined.

Around 1838B/8, the frigates HMS Rowley (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Holmes (Lt. D.B.G. Dumas, RN) took over the escort from HMS Hambledon and La Surprise.

They arrived at Portsmouth (The Solent) shortly before midnight. (3)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18494
  3. ADM 53/120129

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

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