FAN Loire (BB-1938)


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The original French 13" drawing I did was a simple transfer of two quad 13" for three triple 13", on the original Dunquerke hull. Now I want to explore a couple of twelve 13" versions in 4x3 and 3x4 configurations. These would fit better into an AU timeline against the 12" gunned battlecruisers I build for the Germanic States. A battleship with 12x13" would be far superior to a battlecruiser armed with 8x12". The French 13" gun has a good reputation and is superior to the previous 13.4" weapons in the French armoury.

The real life 'Nelson' look with three quad turrets of 13" all forward. Two more to go. One with three quads two forward, one aft, the other with four triple turrets.

The quad turret versions are interesting and suit the time period I am aiming for. I did have a look at doing a 9x15" version but the triple 15" turrets are quite huge compared to the 13". I would need an 800 foot hull or even bigger to fit those big boys aboard. Which is what the French required for their Alsace class.

The four triple 13" version looks very good. I like its well balanced fore and aft look. They would make very good replacements for the real life Dunkerque and Strasbourg. The major difference is the extra 10,000 tons of steel and armour that can be worked into these designs. Finer hull helps to make the 30 knot speed requirement.

Displacement 36,500 tons std 43,800 tons full load
Length 750 ft
Breadth 104 ft
Draught 30 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 130,000shp
Speed 30 knots
Range 9000 miles at 15 knots (2,000 nm at 28 knots)
Armour 13" side, 6.1" deck, 11" turrets
Armament Loire

12 x 13" (3x4)
20 x 5.1 (5x4)
56 x 40mm (14x4)
14 x 25mm (4x2, 6x1)

12 x 13" (3x4)
20 x 5.1 (5x4)
56 x 40mm (14x4)
22 x 25mm (8x2, 6x1)

12 x 13" (4x3)
20 x 5.1 (5x4)
56 x 40mm (14x4)
16 x 25mm (8x2)
Aircraft 4 (Loire 130)    
Torpedoes nil
Complement 1650
Notes FAN Loire (1938)

FAN Lyonnais (1938)

FAN Languedoc (1938)

Forward 13" quad turrets, showing how they are in pairs in the turrets.


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