French cruiser Duquesne

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French heavy cruiser Duquesne in 1943.jpg
Duquesne in 1943
Name: Duquesne
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 and type: Duquesne-class cruiser
  • 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 (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)
Complement: 605
Aircraft carried: 2 GL-812 (superseded by GL-832 then Loire-Nieuport 130, 1 catapult

Duquesne was a French heavy cruiser and name ship of her class that served during World War II.

Service history[edit]

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.

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