French destroyer Maillé-Brézé (D627)

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Maillé-Brézé at Nantes in 2002
History
France
Name: Maillé-Brézé
Namesake: Jean Armand de Maillé-Brézé
Laid down: February 1951
Launched: October 1953
Commissioned: 4 May 1957
Decommissioned: 1988
Identification: D627
Fate: Museum ship
General characteristics
Class and type: T 47-class destroyer
Displacement:
  • 2,750 tons standard
  • 3,740 tons full load
Length: 128.6 m (422 ft)
Beam: 12.7 m (42 ft)
Draught: 5.4 m (18 ft)
Installed power: 63,000 shp (47,000 kW)
Propulsion:
  • 4 boilers
  • 2 shafts
  • Geared steam turbines[1]
Speed: 34 kn (63 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h)
Complement: 347
Armament:
  • 6 × 127 mm (5 in) guns (3 twin turrets)
  • 6 × 57 mm (2.2 in) guns (3 twin turrets)
  • 4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) guns (4 × 1)
  • 12 × 550 mm (22 in) torpedo tubes (4 × 3)

Maillé-Brézé is a T 47-class destroyer (escorteur d'escadre) of the French Navy. She was built by Arsenal de Lorient in Lorient, commissioned on 4 May 1957 and named after the French admiral Jean Armand de Maillé-Brézé (1619–1646).

History[edit]

On 2 March 1962, Maillé-Brézé, along with another four destroyers, landed fresh troops at Algiers to fight the OAS upsurge.[2] Assisted by her sister ship Surcouf, she was about to shell the OAS-held quarter of Bab-el-Oued when a counter-order called the operation off. The destroyers instead took battle stations close to the shore as a deterrent.[3]

In 1988 she was decommissioned and became a museum ship in Nantes. She has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since October 1991.[4]

On 21 February 2016, director Christopher Nolan announced plans to feature the ship in his upcoming World War II film Dunkirk.[5] In the film, she portrayed two British destroyers – sister ships HMS Vivacious and HMS Vanquisher – by simultaneously carrying the D36 pennant number of Vivacious on her port side and Vanquisher's pennant D54 on her starboard side.[6]

References[edit]

  • Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995
  1. ^ "La propulsion et la fabrication d'énergie". www.maillebreze.com.
  2. ^ Labour research, Volumen 51, p. 112. Labour Research Department, 1962
  3. ^ Roche, Jean-Michel (2010). "Escorteur d'Escadre Surcouf" [Fleet Escort Surcouf] (in French). Netmarine.net. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  4. ^ (in French) French Ministry of Culture database entry
  5. ^ Le Maillé Brézé vedette du prochain film de Christopher Nolan - France 3 Pays de la Loire
  6. ^ "Dunkirk (2017)".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°12′24″N 1°34′18″W / 47.20667°N 1.57167°W / 47.20667; -1.57167