French cruiser Duguay-Trouin

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Name: Duguay-Trouin
Namesake: René Duguay-Trouin
Builder: Arsenal de Brest
Laid down: 4 August 1922
Launched: 14 August 1923
Commissioned: 2 November 1926
Decommissioned: 19 March 1952
General characteristics
Class and type: Duguay-Trouin-class cruiser
  • 7,249 tons (standard)
  • 9350 tons (full load)
Length: 181.30 m (594 ft 10 in) overall
Beam: 17.50 m (57 ft 5 in)
Draught: 6.14 m (20 ft 2 in), 6.30 m (20 ft 8 in) full load
Propulsion: 4-shaft Parsons single-reduction geared turbines; 8 Guyot boilers; 102,000 shp (76,000 kW)
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Range: 3,000 nautical miles (6,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 27 officers, 551 sailors
Aircraft carried:

Duguay-Trouin was the lead ship of a class of French light cruisers, launched in the early 1920s. She was named after René Duguay-Trouin, Sieur du Gué, French privateer, admiral and Commander in the Order of Saint-Louis.


After completion, Duguay-Trouin was assigned to the 2nd Squadron and based at Brest. In 1929, she became flagship of the 3rd Light Division in the Mediterranean and, in 1931, she undertook an extended cruise to Indo-China, then a French colony. Duguay-Trouin returned to the 2nd Squadron at Brest in 1932, this time as flagship, remaining there until 1935. In 1936, she became a gunnery training ship until June 1939, when she joined the 6th Cruiser Division.

World War II[edit]

France declared war on 3 September 1939 and Duguay-Trouin, with other French ships, commenced Atlantic patrols to intercept German shipping. On 16 October 1939 Duguay-Trouin intercepted the German merchant ship Halle 200 miles (320 km) south-west of Dakar. Halle was scuttled to prevent its capture.

In early May, 1940, she was transferred to the eastern Mediterranean, based at Beirut, for operations in the Adriatic and Dodecanese.

After the French surrender, she joined Admiral Rene-Emile Godfroy's Force X at Alexandria, Egypt where she was, with other French warships, disarmed by agreement and interned by the British from 22 June 1940. Axis forces occupied Vichy France in November 1942. Duguay-Trouin rejoined the Allies on 30 May 1943 and was re-armed in July.[1]

Her first Allied employment was as a troop transport in early 1944. She supported the landings in southern France in August 1944 and subsequently undertook bombardments along the Italian coast until April 1945.


In May 1945 Duguay-Trouin bombarded villages in Algeria during the Sétif and Guelma massacre. The ship was later sent to Indo-China and supported army operations against the Viet Minh.

She was decommissioned on 19 March 1952.




  • Whitley, M J (1995). Cruisers of World War II - An International Encycloped. London: Arms and Armour Press. pp. 27 & 28. ISBN 1-85409-225-1. 
  • Amiral Godefroy, René-Emile (1953). L’Aventure de la force X (escadre française de la Méditerranée orientale) à Alexandrie. Paris: Plon. 

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