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Sister ship Rigault de Genouilly



Laid down: 25 November 1929


Launched: 25 April 1931


Commissioned: 15 February 1933


Fate: 9 November 1940 sunk by sister ship Savorgnan  de Brazza during the Battle of Gabon.


0 Dead


193 Survivors


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)


Armament: 3 × 138mm guns model 1927 (single mountings)


4 × 37mm AA guns (single mountings)


6 × 13.2 mm machine guns


Capable of carrying 50 mines


Complement: 139 Peacetime. 183 Wartime


Bougainville was a Bougainville-class aviso of the French Navy launched on 25 April 1931 and commissioned on 15 February 1933. The ship was designed to operate from French colonies in Asia and Africa and initially stationed in the Indian Ocean. 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.


It sided with Vichy France and was sunk off Libreville on pos. 02º 00”S 09º 00”E by her 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.


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