Aquitaine (BC 1937)

 

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Built in reply to the Germanic States battleraiders of the Admiral class (Graf Spee etc), the ships needed to be better armed, armoured and faster than those ships. The French design was for a 'croiseur de combat' of 30,000 tons, just over 700 feet and armed with 13" guns. A large dual purpose secondary armament and lots of smaller AA rounded out the armament. Speed while a factor, it was decided that a speed of 30-31 knots would be sufficient for its task.



The complexities of the quadruple turrets originally designed for the Normandie class put the French off using them in the design of the new ships laid down in 1932. The French were also some of the first to start trialing dual purpose weapons with twin turrets being designed into the new ships. The quad 40mm turrets also had its own predictor unit. As the ships went through their service lives these units were improved with radar control. By 1942 the catapult and aircraft had been removed, the hangar split up into more offices and accommodation space.

Displacement 32,500 tons std 39,800 tons full load
Length 706 ft
Breadth 102 ft
Draught 30.5 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 130,000shp
Speed 30 knots
Range 8000 miles at 15 knots (2,450 nm at 28 knots)
Armour 11" side, 5.1" deck, 11" turrets
Armament 9 x 13" (3x3)

12 x 5.1 (6x2)

36 x 40mm (9x4)

Aircraft 2 (Loire 130)
Torpedoes nil
Complement 1325
Notes FRN Aquitaine (1937)

 

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