French cruiser Duquesne
Duquesne in 1943
|Builder:||Brest Dock Yard|
|Laid down:||30 October 1924|
|Launched:||17 December 1925|
|Commissioned:||6 December 1928|
|Fate:||Condemned 2 July 1955|
|Class and type:||Duquesne-class cruiser|
|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 (89,000 kW)|
|Speed:||33.75 knots (62.51 km/h)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried:||2 GL-812 (superseded by GL-832 then Loire-Nieuport 130, 1 catapult|
In January 1940, she took part in the hunt for the German cruiser 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, Duquesne 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.
- Jordan, John; Moulin, Jean (2013). French Cruisers 1922 - 1956. Yorkshire, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1848321335.
- Les bâtiments ayant porté le nom de Duquesne on NetMarine.net (in French)
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