French destroyer Trombe
|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|
|Class and type:||Bourrasque-class destroyer|
|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)|
|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)|
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.
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