French cruiser Duquesne

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Duquesne
Duquesne.svg
Scematics of Duquesne, in 1939 configuration
Career (France)
Namesake: Abraham Duquesne
Builder: Brest Dock Yard
Laid down: 30 October 1924
Launched: 17 December 1925
Commissioned: 6 December 1928
Fate: Condemned 2 July 1955
General characteristics
Class & type: Duquesne class cruiser
Displacement: 10,000 tonnes (standard)
12,200 tons (full load)
Length: 191 m (627 ft) overall
Beam: 19 m (62 ft)
Draught: 6.32 m (20.7 ft)
Propulsion: 4-shaft Rateau-Bretagne single-reduction geared turbines, 9 Guyot boilers, 120,000 shp
Speed: 33¾ knots
Range: 4,500 @ 15 knots (8,300 km @ 28 km/h)
Complement: 605
Armament: 8 203mm/50 Modèle 1924 guns (4 × 2)
8 75 mm anti-aircraft guns (8 × 1)
8 37 mm anti-aircraft guns (4 × 2)
12 13.2 mm AA (4 × 3)
12 550 mm (21.7 inch) torpedo tubes (4 × 3);
Armour: magazine boxes 30 millimetres;
deck 30 millimetres;
turrets and tower, 30 millimetres
Aircraft carried: 2 GL-812 (superseded by GL-832 then Loire-Nieuport 130, 1 catapult

The Duquesne was a French Duquesne class heavy cruiser that served during World War II.

After her launch, she was used on prestige missions.

In January 1940, she took part in the hunt for the Admiral Graf Spee, and later returned to Alexandria. On 3 July, the French squadron under Admiral René-Emile Godfroy in Alexandria was blockaded by the British executing Operation Catapult ; Godfroy avoided destruction by negotiating to disarm his fleet and stay in port until the end of the war. In June 1943, she was incorporated in the Free French Naval Forces and served in the Atlantic.

She undertook a refit in 1945, and served in French Indochina until 1947.

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