French destroyer Frondeur underway in the 1930s.jpg
Name: Frondeur
Builder: Chantiers Navals Français, Caen
Laid down: 9 November 1927
Launched: 20 June 1929
Completed: 20 October 1931
Fate: Sunk 8 November 1942
General characteristics
Class and type: L'Adroit-class destroyer
  • 1,380 t (1,360 long tons) (standard)
  • 2,000 t (2,000 long tons) (full load)
Length: 107.2 m (351 ft 8.5 in)
Beam: 9.9 m (32 ft 5.8 in)
Draft: 3.5 m (11 ft 5.8 in)
Installed power:
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph)
Range: 3,000 nmi (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Crew: 9 officers, 153 crewmen (wartime)

The French destroyer Frondeur was one of 14 L'Adroit-class destroyers built for the French Navy during the 1920s.

Design and description

The L'Adroit class was a slightly enlarged and improved version of the preceding Bourrasque class. The ships had an overall length of 107.2 meters (351 ft 8 in), a beam of 9.9 meters (32 ft 6 in), and a draft of 3.5 meters (11 ft 6 in). The ships displaced 1,380 metric tons (1,360 long tons) at standard load and 2,000 metric tons (2,000 long tons) at deep load. They were powered by two geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by three du Temple boilers. The turbines were designed to produce 31,000 metric horsepower (22,800 kW; 30,576 shp), which would propel the ships at 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph). The ships carried 386 metric tons (380 long tons) of fuel oil which gave them a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).[1]

The main armament of the L'Adroit-class ships consisted of four Canon de 130 mm Modèle 1924 guns in single mounts, one superfiring pair each fore and aft of the superstructure. Their anti-aircraft armament consisted of a pair of Canon de 37 mm Modèle 1925 guns. The ships carried two above-water triple sets of 550-millimeter (21.7 in) torpedo tubes. A pair of depth charge chutes were built into their stern; these housed a total of sixteen 200-kilogram (440 lb) depth charges. In addition two depth charge throwers were fitted for which six 100-kilogram (220 lb) depth charges were carried.[2]

Construction and career

Frondeur was laid down on 9 November 1927, launched on 20 June 1929 and completed on 20 October 1931.

After France surrendered to Germany in June 1940 during World War II, Frondeur served with the naval force of Vichy France. She was at Casablanca, French Morocco, when Allied forces invaded French North Africa in Operation Torch in November 1942. Resisting the invasion, she was sunk by gunfire from United States Navy ships off Casablanca during the Naval Battle of Casablanca.[3]


  1. ^ Jordan & Moulin, Chapter 3
  2. ^ Jordan & Moulin, Chapter 3
  3. ^ "FR Frondeur of the French Navy". Uboat. Retrieved 9 November 2013.


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