Suffren-class cruiser

The Suffren class was a class of four heavy cruisers built for the French Navy in the late 1920s and early 1930s.


Suffren-class cruiser
Class Ship
Type Cruiser
Manufacturer Brest Arsenal
Production Period 1926 - 1930
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1942
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1931 1947 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Brest Arsenal 1926 1930 4 View

The four ships of the class were:

  • Colbert, scuttled at Toulon during the scuttling of 27 November 1942.
  • Dupleix, scuttled at Toulon on 27 November 1942 to prevent her capture by the Germans and raised by the Italians on 3 July 1943. Sunk again during an Allied air raid in 1944.
  • Foch, scuttled at Toulon on 27 November 1942
  • Suffren, disarmed and interned in Egypt by the British on 22 June 1940. Rejoined the Allies and rearmed on 30 May 1943. Decommissioned on 1 October 1947. Scrapped in 1974.

Name: Suffren
Operators:  French Navy
Preceded by: Duquesne class cruisers
Succeeded by: Algérie
General characteristics
Type: heavy cruiser
Displacement: 10,000 tonnes (standard)
12,780 tonnes (full load)
Length: 194 m (636.48 ft)
Beam: 20 m (65.62 ft)
Draft: 7.3 m (23.95 ft)
Propulsion: 3-shaft Rateau-Bretagne SR geared turbines, 9 Guyot boilers, 90,000 shp (67 MW)
Speed: 31 knots (35.67 mph; 57.41 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (5,178.51 mi; 8,334.00 km) at 15 kn (17.26 mph; 27.78 km/h)
Complement: 752 (Suffren: 773)
Armament: 8 203mm/50 Modèle 1924 guns(4 × 2)
8 90 mm (3.5 in)/55-calibre anti-aircraft guns (8 × 1) exceptDupleix (4 x 2)
8 37 mm (1.5 in) anti-aircraft guns (4 × 2)
12 13.2 mm (0.52 in) AA (4 × 3)
6 550 mm (22 in) torpedo tubes (2 × 3);
Armour: belt 60 mm (2.4 in)
deck 25 mm (0.98 in)
turrets and tower, 30 mm (1.2 in)
Aircraft carried: 3 (Suffren: 2), 2 catapults
Notes: Ships in class include: Colbert -Dupleix - Foch - Suffren

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