French cruiser Foch
|Builder:||Arsenal de Brest|
|Laid down:||21 June 1928|
|Launched:||24 April 1929|
|Commissioned:||15 August 1931|
|Fate:||scuttled at Toulon, 27 November 1942, scrapped 1943-44|
|Class and type:||Suffren-class cruiser|
|Length:||196 m (643.04 ft)|
|Beam:||20 m (65.62 ft)|
|Draught:||7.3 m (23.95 ft)|
|Propulsion:||3-shaft Rateau-Bretagne SR geared turbines, 9 Guyot boilers, 100,000 shp (75,000 kW)|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||2 Loire-Nieuport 130, 2 catapults|
After France surrendered to Germany in June 1940, Foch served with the navy of Vichy France. Foch was among the ships scuttled during the scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon on 27 November 1942 . The ship was scuttled with open sea valves, plus charges to her main armament, to prevent her capture by the Germans. However, the ship was relatively undamaged and repair (possibly as an aircraft carrier) was contemplated by the Italians, who refloated her on 16 April 1943. She was instead towed to La Seyne where she was broken up during 1943-1944.
- Jordan, John; Moulin, Jean (2013). French Cruisers 1922-1956. Seaforth Publications.
- Saibène, Marc (n.d.). Toulon et la Marine 1942-1944. Bourg en Bresse: Marines Editions at Realisations.
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