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Cruiser Geoges Leygues moored at any port in West Africa. Photo. www.wikipedia.org


Completed: 1937


Displacement: 7,600 tons (standard), 9120 tons (full load)


Length: 587 ft


Beam: 57 ft


Draught: 17,6 ft


Propulsion: 2-shaft Parsons single reduction geared turbines, 4 Indret boilers, 84,000 shp


Armament: 9x152 mm (6 inch)/ 54.3 calibre (3x3), 8x90 mm (3.5 inch) anti-aircraft (4x2), 24x40 millimetre (6x4), 4x550mm (21.7 inch) torpedo tubes (2x2)


Speed: 31 kts


Complement: 540


Range: 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 12 knots


Aircraft carried: up to 4 GL-832, later 2 Loire 130 flying boats




Pictures above show both flying boats used by Georges Leygues until she was refitted at Philadelphia, from July until October 1943, removing the aircraft installations and adding light anti-aircraft weapons. 


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Aviation facilities: 1 Catapult


Apart from a transport of bullion to Casablanca in August 1941, the next two years were uneventful until the Allied landings in North Africa (Operation Torch) and the German occupation of Vichy France, when she joined the Allies, as did other French warships. Early in 1943, she began Atlantic patrols from Dakar, and on 13 April, she intercepted the German blockade runner Portland which was scuttled by her crew. 59 crewmembers and 48 passengers were rescued.



On the footage above,  the launching ceremony of the Cruiser Georges Leygues in 1936 with the presence of Prime Minister Edouard Daladier.


 

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