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

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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