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Sister ships: SUFFREN, COLBERT, DUPLEIX
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. FOCH was built with two small coal-fired boilers, designed to add another 2,000nm of range at 11 knots; the 6.5' wide coal bunkers also served as additional protection to the after boiler and engine rooms. During her trials, FOCH reached 33.06 knots for a full hour. During a refit in 1941-42, FOCH received an additional eight 37mm AA guns in twin mounts, and 20 more 13.2" AA guns (4x4 and 2x2).
Before the fall of France in World War II, FOCH took part in several shore bombardments. However, upon France's surrender, FOCH 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. FOCH was among those successfully scuttled. She was raised in 1943 and scrapped.