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Type: CA
Class: SUFFREN - four in class
Builder: Arsenal de Brest
Completed: 1932
Displacement: 9,938 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

636' 6" x 63' 4" x 23' 7"
Belt: 2" - 2.25"
Decks (upper and main): 1"
Turrets: 1"
CT: 11"
Machinery: 3-shaft Rateau-Bretagne geared turbines, 9 Guyot du Temple boilers; 90,000shp.  Oil:  1,800 tons.
Speed: 31 knots
8 8" / 50 cal. 4x2
8 3.5" / 50 cal. 4x2
8 37mm AA 4x2
12 13.2mm AA 3x4
3 aircraft
Compliment: 752






Notes:  The four ships of the SUFFREN class were ordered one per year from 1925 through 1928.  The design was modified from the preceding DUQUESNE class, but with improved armor (at a cost of two knots of speed).  Each ship in the class was slightly improved as they were building; as a result, no two ships of the class were exactly alike.  DUPLEIX had her anti-aircraft armament augmented in 1941-42; eight - 37mm (4x2), 20 - 13.2mm (4x4 and 2x2) and eight - 8mm (8x1) guns were added.


Upon France's surrender in May, 1940, DUPLEIX joined a major part of the French fleet at Toulon, where they sat idle (as part of the terms of the surrender).  On 27 November 1942, German troops moved into the unoccupied zone of France; it was believed that they were trying to reach Toulon to capture intact a major portion of the Vichy French Navy.  Vice-Admiral Jean de Laborde, who was in command, ordered the French ships (69 in all) scuttled to prevent their use by the Germans.  DUPLEIX was among those successfully scuttled.  She was raised in 1943, but then destroyed by Allied bombing.





argonaut_410_dupleix_ca_1938_-_01.jpg (15793 bytes) Argonaut 410
argonaut_410_dupleix_ca_1938_-_02.jpg (11430 bytes) Argonaut 410
argonaut_410_dupleix_ca_1938_-_03.jpg (10059 bytes) Argonaut 410
neptun_1432_dupleix_ca_1939_-_00.jpg (22878 bytes) Neptun 1432