Sister ship Ouragan underway before 1942
Name: Trombe
Namesake: Whirlwind
Ordered: 5 March 1923
Builder: Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde, Bordeaux
Laid down: 5 March 1924
Launched: 27 December 1925
Completed: 27 October 1927
Commissioned: 1 June 1927
In service: 21 December 1927
Fate: Scuttled 27 November 1942
General characteristics
Class and type: Bourrasque-class destroyer
  • 1,320 t (1,300 long tons) (standard)
  • 1,825 t (1,796 long tons) (full load)
Length: 105.6 m (346 ft 5.5 in)
Beam: 9.7 m (31 ft 9.9 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)

Trombe was a Bourrasque-class destroyer (torpilleur d'escadre) built for the French Navy during the 1920s.

Scuttled at Toulon, from left: Trombe, Foudroyant, Le Hardi, and Bison

After France surrendered to Germany in June 1940 during World War II, Trombe served with the navy of Vichy France. She was among the ships of the French fleet scuttled at Toulon, France, on 27 November 1942. She later was salvaged and repaired by the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy), who christened the ship FR 31. When the Armistice of Cassibile was signed, the repairs were still underway and Free France requested the return of the vessel upon completion of the work. On October 28 1943, the Trombe moved to Bizerte, once again under French command.

On April 16, 1945, off the coast of Liguria, the Trombe came under attack by a MT explosive motorboat and MTSM motor torpedo boat of the Marina Nazionale Repubblicana. MTM 548 struck the Trombe starboard, killing 20 men and causing severe damage. She was successfully towed to Toulon, where the damaged was ruled irreparable. The Trombe was stricken and scrapped in 1950.[1]


  1. ^ https://www.uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/6011.html


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