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Jean de Vienne

Ship ClassLa Galissonnière-class Light Cruiser
BuilderArsenal de Lorient, France
Laid Down20 Dec 1931
Launched31 Jul 1935
Commissioned10 Feb 1937
Displacement7,600 tons standard; 9,120 tons full
Length589 feet
Beam57 feet
Draft18 feet
Machinery4 Indret boilers, Parsons geared turbines, 2 shafts
Power Output84,000 shaft horsepower
Speed34 knots
Range7,000nm at 12 knots, 1,650nm at 34 knots
Armament3x3x152mm guns, 4x2x90mm AA guns, 6x4x40mm guns, 2x2x550mm torpedo tubes
Armor105mm main belt, 30mm bulkheads, 120mm sides, 38mm deck, 100mm turrets, 95mm tower
AircraftUp to four GL-832 flying boats or two 130 flying boats


ww2dbaseAt the start of the European War, French cruiser Jean de Vienne was based in Bizerte, Tunisia with the French 3rd Cruiser Division. In Dec 1939, she transported French gold bullions to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. When France surrendered to Germany in Jun 1940, she was at Algiers, French Algeria. In Jul 1940, she escorted battleship Strasbourg back to Toulon, France after the British attack on Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria. In Mar 1941, she was assigned to the French High Seas Fleet. In late 1942, she was put in drydock at Toulon for an overhaul. On 27 Nov 1942, during the German attempt to take over the port, her commanding officer Capitaine de Vaisseau Jacques Mailloux moved Jean de Vienne to the gate of the drydock and then flooded the ship, thus preventing the Germans from making use of that particular drydock; the ship's crew had also destroyed most of the vital equipment to prevent German salvage.

ww2dbaseIn Feb 1943, the Italians raised the ship and pressed her into Italian service under the new name FR.11. She was undergoing a major refit when Italy surrendered, and in Sep 1943 she was captured by the Germans. On 24 Nov 1943, Allied aerial bombing at Toulon started a fire, which caused her to slowly sink to the bottom, where she would remain until the Allies captured Toulon in Aug 1944. A refit was briefly considered, but ultimately she would be scrapped in place.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Nov 2012

Light Cruiser Jean de Vienne Interactive Map


Jean de Vienne unloading gold bullions at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dec 1939Jean de Vienne embarking troops at Oran, French Algeria, circa early 1940sJean de Vienne with a 130 flying boat on the catapult, 1941Aerial view of Toulon, France, 28 Nov 1942; note smoke rising from burning ships
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Jean de Vienne Operational Timeline

20 Dec 1931 The keel of Jean de Vienne was laid down by the Arsenal de Lorient in Lorient, France.
31 Jul 1935 Jean de Vienne was launched at Lorient, France.
10 Feb 1937 Jean de Vienne was commissioned into service.
27 Nov 1942 Jean de Vienne was scuttled at Toulon, France.
18 Feb 1943 Jean de Vienne was raised at Toulon, France and pressed into Italian Navy service under the new name FR.11.
22 May 1943 The Italian flag was hoisted aboard captured French cruiser Jean de Vienne at Toulon, France.
23 Nov 1943 FR.11 was damaged by Allied bombing at Toulon, France and sank to the bottom.
28 Aug 1944 FR.11 was captured by the Allies at Toulon, France.

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Jean de Vienne unloading gold bullions at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dec 1939
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