French aviso Bougainville

Name: Bougainville
Namesake: Admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville
Laid down: 25 November 1929
Launched: 25 April 1931
Commissioned: 15 February 1933
Fate: 9 November 1940 sunk
General characteristics
Type: Bougainville-class aviso
Displacement: 1,970 tonnes
Length: 103.7 m (340 ft)
Beam: 12.7 m (42 ft)
Draft: 4.5 m (15 ft)
Propulsion: 2 Diesel engines 3,200
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
  • 3 × 138mm guns model 1927 (single mountings)
  • 4 × 37mm AA guns (single mountings)
  • 6 × 13.2 mm machine guns
  • capable of carrying 50 mines

Bougainville was a Bougainville-class aviso of the French Navy launched on 25 April 1931 and commissioned on 15 February 1933.[1][2] The ship was designed to operate from French colonies in Asia and Africa and initially stationed in the Indian Ocean.[2] In 1935 it was transferred for service in the eastern and southern Mediterranean, and in early 1939 to Djibouti, returning to Toulon escorting a group of submarines after the outbreak of World War II.[2]

It sided with Vichy France and was sunk by off Libreville by its sister ship Savorgnan de Brazza on 9 November 1940 in the Battle of Gabon. Although refloated in March 1941, Bougainville sank again and was finally broken up in 1952.[2]


  1. "Bougainville". Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Roche, Jean-Michel (2013). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la Flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours: Tome II (in French). JMR. ISBN 978-2-9525917-3-7.

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