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).

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 British destroyers HMS Vivacious and HMS Vanquisher 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)". 

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