French aviso Dumont d'Urville
Dumont d'Urville arrives at the wharf.
|Builder:||At. et Ch. Maritime Sud-Ouest, Bordeaux|
|Launched:||21 March 1931|
|Fate:||Scrapped 26 March 1958|
|Length:||103.70 metres (340.2 ft)|
|Beam:||12.98 metres (42.6 ft)|
|Draught:||4.80 metres (15.7 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 Sulzer marine diesel engines, 3,200 shp|
|Speed:||17 knots (31 km/h)|
|Armour:||Bullet-proof plating of control positions (by 1944)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 seaplane until it was removed in 1941 to make way for 4 × 37 mm AA guns, 2 × 25 mm AA guns, 4 × 13.2 mm AA machine guns & 2 × 8 mm AA guns|
Dumont d'Urville was a Bougainville-class aviso of the French Navy, designed to operate from French colonies in Asia and Africa. She was built by Ateliers et Chantiers Maritime Sud-Ouest of Bordeaux and launched on 21 March 1931.
After the Fall of France Dumont d'Urville remained under Vichy French control and in September 1940 she was in New Caledonia as a part the Vichy government's attempt to gain control of the French colony. However, the Royal Australian Navy cruiser Adelaide arrived carrying a Free French temporary governor, which led the Vichy governor to depart aboard Dumont d'Urville on 25 September.
By 1944 Dumont d'Urville's armament had been augmented with the addition of four single-mounted 40 mm anti-aircraft (AA) guns, 11 single-mounted 20 mm AA guns, four anti-submarine mortars and two racks for 66 depth charges.
Dumont d'Urville remained in French Navy service after the war until 26 March 1958 when she was scrapped.
- Le Masson, Henri (1969). The French Navy. Navies of the Second World War. 2. London: MacDonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. pp. 11–12. ISBN 9780356023847.
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