Category:Lucifer II (ship, 1943)

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  • Built by Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in Scotland
  • Yard No 340
  • Type of Ship: River Class Frigate
  • Keel Laid: 18/11/1942
  • Launched: 18/06/1943
  • Commissioned: 03/11/1943
  • Length Overall: 91.8 m
  • Length B.P.: 86.3 m
  • Beam: 11.1 m
  • Depth Mld: 5.3 m
  • Draught: 4 m

Other known names:

  • 1943 Named: HMS WINDRUSH but was never commissioned into the Royal Navy
  • 1944 Three months after her launch she was one of five such Frigates gifted to the (F.N.F.L.) Free French Navy and she was christened LA DÉCOUVERTE. She served as an escort to the Atlantic convoys, under Canadian Navy control before being transferred to the F.N.F.L. (Free French) in February 1944 under French control.
  • In the D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches, she sailed from Great Yarmouth to lead a convoy, comprising the Group 11, G Force, which was part of the Assault forces for the landing of the 3rd Canadian Division, heading for Juno Beach at the head of the convoy of more than 100 LCT's (Landing Craft Tank) once the invasion forces had reached the beaches she also provided anti-aircraft cover and shelled the coast.
  • 1944-07-29 She was the first French Ship into Cherbourg with the French Admiral Thierry d'Argenlieu. After the war she stayed on active service with the French Navy
  • 1959 she was dumped in the French naval cemetery at L'anderennec.
  • 1967 Towed north to become a training ship in the port of Cherbourg, beached in front of the training college and concreted into position. Renamed: LUCIFER II very apt as she was to be used amongst other things as a fire control ship to give practice to fire fighter who may have the un-enviable task some day of fighting a fire on board a ship.
  • 2009 Cut up for scrap


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