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ÉMILE BERTIN light cruiser (1935)

Émile Bertin 1939

Émile Bertin 1945

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Émile Bertin   F7 A C de la Loire et Penhoët, St-Nazaire 18/8/1931 9/5/1933 28/1/1935 FNFL 6/1943, TS 10/1951, stricken 10/1959

 

Displacement standard, t

5886

Displacement full, t

8480

Length, m

167.0 pp 177.0 oa

Breadth, m

16.0

Draught, m

6.60 full load

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 6 Penhoët boilers

Power, h. p.

102000

Max speed, kts

34

Fuel, t

oil 1360

Endurance, nm(kts) 3600(15)

Armour, mm

magazines: 30, deck: 20, CT: 25

Armament

3 x 3 - 152/55 M1930, 1 x 2 - 90/50 M1930, 2 x 1 - 90/50 M1926, 4 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 4 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 x 3 - 550 TT, 1 catapult, 2 seaplanes (GL.832), 200 mines (overloaded)

Complement

567

Ship project history: Built under the 1927 program. Originally it was supposed to create an advanced cruiser-minelayer on the basis of Pluton, but in an ultimate variant minelaying abilities have faded into the background.

First in the French Navy Émil Bertin received triple 152mm turrets. The construction has appeared too light, and in 1935 hull under turrets was strengthened. On trials cruiser reached 39.66kts at 137908hp.

Ship protection: magazines had 30mm box-shaped protection. Turrets had no armour.

Modernizations: 12/1943: - 4 x 2 - 37/50, 4 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 x 3 - 500 TT, catapult with seaplanes; + 2 x 2 - 90/50 M1930, 4 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 20 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, SA, SF radars

1945: + type 284, 285 radars

Naval service: At the moment of armistice signing Émil Bertin was on Martinique. Under the agreement from 1/5/1942 she was disarmed. Later, in June, 1943, Government of Martinique recognised Gaullist Algerian Government, and cruiser has passed to the USA for repair. Émil Bertin became seagoing gunnery training ship in 1947 and laid up to reserve in 1952.

Émile Bertin 1939

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15