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SUFFERN

 

Nationality:

France

Type: CA
Class: SUFFREN - four in class
Builder: Arsenal de Brest
Completed: 1930
Displacement: 9,938 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches):

634' x 65' 7" x 24' 7"
Armor:
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Belt: 2"
Longitudinal bulkheads: 1"
Upper and main decks: 1"
Turrets: 1"
CT: 11"
Machinery: 3-shaft Rateau-Bretagne geared turbines, 9 Guyot du Temple boilers; 90,000shp.  Oil:  1,800 tons.  Coal:  640 tons.  Range:  5,300nm at 15 kts; 3,700nm at 20 kts.
Speed: 31 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
8 8" / 50 cal. 4x2
8 3" / 50 cal. AA 8x1
8 37mm AA 4x2
12 13.2mm AA 3x4
12 21.7" TT 4x3
2 aircraft
Compliment: 602

 

 

Sister ships:  COLBERT, FOCH, 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.  SUFFERN was the only ship in the class to be fitted with torpedo tubes; she had twelve 21.7" tubes, in four triple mounts.  SUFFERN 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, SUFFERN reached 32.51 knots for a full hour.  During a refit in 1943, SUFFERN had six of her torpedo tubes, and her aircraft and catapult removed.  In their place, she received eight 40mm - AA guns and 20 - 20mm AA guns, all in single mounts. 

 

Before the fall of France in World War II, SUFFERN took part in several shore bombardments.  However, upon France's surrender in June, 1940, SUFFERN was interred at Alexandria.  She joined the Allied forces on 30 May 1943.  Following World War II, SUFFERN served in the Far East, before being paid off into the Reserve in 1949.  She was stricken from the active roster on 27 December 1962, and became an accommodation ship.  In 1964, SUFFERN was renamed OCÉAN.  She was finally sold for breaking up in 1974.

 

Pictures

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Neptun 1431

(as FOCH)

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