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Name  Foch
Laid down  21 June 1928
Class and type  Suffren-class cruiser
Launched  24 April 1929
Draft  7.3 m
Builder  Brest Arsenal
Namesake  Ferdinand Foch
Commissioned  15 August 1931
Construction started  21 June 1928
Length  196 m
Beam  9.1 m
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Fate  scuttled at Toulon, 27 November 1942, scrapped 1943-44

Foch was a French Navy heavy cruiser of the Suffren class, that saw service in World War II. She was the first French warship named for the French Marshal Ferdinand Foch.

Service history

In the early part of World War II, Foch and her sister, Dupleix, formed Force M, based at Dakar.

On 14 June 1940, during World War II, the French 1st Cruiser Division comprising the cruisers Algérie and Foch and escorting destroyers bombarded Vado near Genoa, Italy.

After France surrendered to Germany in June 1940, Foch served with the navy of Vichy France. Foch was among the ships scuttled during the scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon on 27 November 1942 . The ship was scuttled with open sea valves, plus charges to her main armament, to prevent her capture by the Germans. However, the ship was relatively undamaged and repair (possibly as an aircraft carrier) was contemplated by the Italians, who refloated her on 16 April 1943. She was instead towed to La Seyne where she was broken up during 1943-1944.

References

French cruiser Foch Wikipedia


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