Thus, due to the 2-meter greater beam of Richelieu, it was possible to install three boilers side by side in two boiler rooms, instead of three rooms as on the Dunkerque. This page was last edited on 30 March 2016, at 21:58. [87] Otherwise, the fire control system was very similar to the Dunkerque's. In late May and mid-June, the Commanding Officer, Captain Marzin carried out speed and gunnery trials, reaching 32 knots, and firing a few shots from her main and secondary batteries. However, they were only armed with nine 280 mm (11 in) guns, the same caliber as the Deutschland class. [175], On 8 November 1942, Allied landings in French North Africa (Operation Torch) begun. [114], In each Engine Room, there were two sets of turbines, each driving a four-bladed propeller with a diameter of 4.88 meters (16.0 ft). [2] Gunnery and speed sea trials showed a top speed of more than 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph). [89], The same noteworthy weight accumulation in the fore tower top as on the Dunkerque proved to be a problem when the Richelieu was torpedoed at Dakar, as a whiplash effect on the main mast around which they were mounted provoked more serious effects on the fore tower systems than on those on the after tower, despite that the latter was nearer the torpedo explosion. The midship 152 mm (6.0 in) turrets had to be canceled, and twelve 100 mm (3.9 in)/45 Model 1930 guns in six twin 100 mm (3.9 in) mountings, CAD Model 1931, would instead be fitted, as they had been on the last 10,000 tons heavy cruiser, the Algérie. The Treaty of Washington was resented as humiliating: it only allowed France the same global battleship tonnage (175,000-long-ton (177,810 t)) as Italy, one-third that of the United States and the United Kingdom, and 5/9th of Japan's. Otherwise, the aviation facilities would have been the same as on the Richelieu. [107] The Italian Littorio-class battleships had a peculiar underwater protection system, designed by the Italian chief designer, Generale Ispettore del Genio Navale Pugliese, which incorporated a 3.8-meter (12 ft) diameter cylindrical expansion space. However, it was clear that the building of 35,000-long-ton (35,562 t) battleships would surpass the French Navy's technical and financial capacities at the time: the building costs of the required infrastructure[lower-alpha 6] for hulls of about 230–250 metres (750–820 ft) length, allowing them to reach a speed of 27–30 knots (50–56 km/h), would have been enough to buy two more battleships, and would have jeopardized the building program for the other categorizes of warships (cruisers, destroyers, and submarines). If you can update or improve it, please do so. The Salou #4 graving dock in the Brest Navy Yards was intended to be ready for building a new battleship in January 1939, when the Richelieu will have been be floated out, as all other building for large ships were in use. [33][34], In order to establish a ceiling for new naval construction, bilateral talks took place between France and Italy, with significant encouragement from the United Kingdom; these talks began at the start of 1931, and a basis of agreement was concluded on 1 March 1931. It was established through the efforts of the eminent Cardinal Richelieu and includes many glorious and dramatic events. After sea trials (with a maximum speed of 30.2 knots), in the Chesapeake Bay, the refit was declared complete on 10 October 1943.[76][77]. [70], Richelieu arrives in New York with her damaged turret. [124], In June 1938, the French Admiralty's choice was tightly linked with the need to maximally use the shipyards where very large ships could be built. [56][57][1], The quadruple turret's major drawback was the risk of taking a single unlucky shot which would destroy one turret and cripple half the main battery; to help prevent this, the Dunkerque-class battleships' quadruple turrets had been divided internally, with a 25–40 mm (0.98–1.6 in) bulkhead to localize damage. In February 1939, a rebalancing was proposed with a thickness of 150 mm (5.9 in) for the barbette, 155 mm (6.1 in) for the turret faces, and from 135 mm (5.3 in) to 85 mm (3.3 in) for the turret sides. By the mid-1930s, the French again embarked on a naval construction program to counter the German and Italian fleets, resulting in the two Dunkerque-class battleships and four Richelieu-class battleships; of the four Richelieus, two were cancelled by the start of World War II, and only one was completed in time to see action during the war. Initially two ships were ordered in 1935 in response to Italian orders for the Littorio-class battleships the previous year. They featured a … [75], All these modifications increased displacement by 3,000 tons. 2 and No. Ships of the French Navy named Richelieu In order to reduce to a minimum planning and construction delays and to create homogeneous combat groups, a similar main and secondary artillery disposition was therefore envisaged . The shells to be used against sea targets were Semi Armored Piercing (SAP) shells with a dye bag, registered in the French Navy as OPfK Model 1931, weighing 56 kilograms (123 lb), or 57.1 kilograms (126 lb) for the OPfK Model 1937. [50], Germany went a step further, laying down two new battleships, the Bismarck in November 1935 and the Tirpitz in June 1936. Initially, the French sought a reply to the Italian Trento-class cruisers of 1925, but all proposals were rejected. Boiler room 2 (directly underneath the funnel), with boilers #20, #21, and #22, produced the steam for the center shaft turbines in the aft engine room. The anti-aircraft battery was reinforced, by some 13.2 mm Browning MG mountings and four twin 37 mm CAD Model 1933 mountings, some being removed from the damaged destroyer L'Audacieux, but the 152 mm turrets were not able yet to fire on aerial targets. Learn more before you buy, or discover other cool products in Ships. In the morning, Swordfish bombers from the Hermes torpedoed Richelieu below the armored deck. In three days, the Governor General and the Naval Commander, suspected of pro-British sympathies were removed from their posts, Governor General Cayla was sent to Madagascar, Rear Admiral Plançon was replaced temporarily by Rear Admiral Platon, and on 17 August by Rear Admiral Landriau. [19] From 1924 to 1932, the annual Tranche Navale (literally, a "slice" of the Statut Naval) included only cruisers, destroyers, torpedo-boats, and submarines. They were registered as HDR (Hydravions Du Richelieu) 1, 2, and 3, so the catapults could be tested in October.[67]. [165] While she was passing down the Straits of Malacca on 9 September, at 07:44 a magnetic mine detonated 17 meters (56 ft) to starboard. [171], Once in her career (on 30 January 1956), she maneuvered with the Jean Bart for a few hours, before being based in Brest as a gunnery training school. In July 1941, three Loire 130 seaplanes from Brest E4 squadron were shipped. One torpedo is likely to have hit the depth charges moored during the night. [5][6] However, the war experience had clearly shown the problem of ensuring the safety of maritime commercial routes against commerce raiders, for which cruisers appeared better suited than battleships; thus, by the late 1920s all the countries which had signed the Washington Treaty undertook the building of new heavy cruiser classes. [91] While she was passing down the Straits of Malacca on 9 September, at 07:44 a magnetic mine detonated 17 metres (19 yd) to starboard. French aircraft carrier PA2 (now cancelled) would potentially have been named Richelieu. Thus, the aviation hangar would have been shortened by nearly 15 meters (49 ft). On November 10, her 380 mm (15 in) turret having been overhauled, Jean Bart almost hit the USS Augusta, the Task Force 34 flagship. In 1949, there were proposals to replace the CAD Model 1931 mountings, by the German twin 10.5 cm SKC 33 or the 100 mm CAD Model 1945 intended to be fitted on Jean Bart. For the Bismarck, the figures are 17258 tons or 17540 tons for the armor weight, and from 43.92% to 41.30%, depending on whether the percentage is calculated with 39931 tons light displacement or 41781 tons standard displacement. The main artillery turret protection was less thick (406 mm (16.0 in)) on the North Carolina class, equivalent (430 mm (17 in)) on the Iowa class, and thicker (457 mm (18.0 in)) on the South Dakota class. In 1954, the British-built fire control radar for the 380 mm battery, was replaced, for training purpose, by a French-built DBRC[lower-alpha 5] 10A radar, yet installed on Jean Bart from 1951. Work progressed slowly, as the Clemenceau did not have priority in naval building unlike the first pair of the Richelieu class. Ordered in 1935, and designed to counter the Italian Littorio-class battleships, Richelieu was the first French 35,000-ton battleship and the first modern battleship built after the 1922 Treaty of Washington. However, she was very useful post-war as a testbed for new French-built naval AA guns and radars. Operated on a 2-meter wavelength, the two emission antennæ fitted on the fore tower yards, and the two reception antennæ on the aft tower, its range was of 80 km against aircraft flying over 1,500 m, 50 km at 1,000 m, and 10 to 20 km on ships. [31], The 1930 London Naval Treaty established that the ten-year battleship-building holiday agreed at Washington would be extended for a further five years, until 31 December 1936. This long delay was the consequence of the difficult social climate in France, in 1936, but also of the British Government representations, which urged a slowing down of construction, as following the 1922 Treaty of Washington and 1930 Treaty of London, France would have had to expect 1 January 1937, to outpass the 70,000 tons global tonnage limit for new battleships, including the Dunkerque class. Two systems also fitted with 4-meter (13 ft) rangefinders were then mounted on the navigation bridge, one deck lower. [68] The turrets were positioned 32.5 meters (107 ft) apart from one another, 3.70 meters (12.1 ft) more than on the Dunkerque. On 21 September, Vice Admiral Lacroix, formerly Flag Officer of the Force de Raid 1st Light Squadron, who had been on the destroyer Mogador when she was damaged at Mers-el-Kébir, was flown to Dakar to replace him. [46] Duce Benito Mussolini announced on 26 May 1934 the decision of Italy to fully use the right to build battleships granted in the naval limitation treaties. They were designed in the 1930s to counter the threat of the Italian Littorio-class battleships. By the mid-1930s, the French again embarked on a naval construction program to counter the German and Italian fleets, resulting in the two Dunkerque-class battleships and four Richelieu-class battleships; of the four Richelieus, two were cancelled by the start of World War II, and only one was completed in time to see action during the war. [186] However, the French experience of a battleship converted into an aircraft carrier, the Béarn, was rather unsuccessful, her slow speed having led to use her only as aircraft transport ship. All British or U.S. battleships built in the late 1930s, having to respect the 35,000 tons displacement limit, had a speed of 29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph) – the King George V class – or 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph) – North Carolina or South Dakota classes; they were 225 meters (738 ft) or 215 meters (705 ft) long, with a propulsion plant developing respectively 110,000, 120,000, or 130,000 shp. [93], There were, however, differences from the Dunkerque's aircraft installations, resulting from the differing boiler placement: three side by side in each boiler room, instead of two; thus, there was only one boiler room under the funnel instead of two. One year later, in January 1940, the last 380 mm barrel had been installed, as, in April 1940, the first three 100 mm turrets, and the starboard catapult. Before 1943 refit – the French equivalent of the Department of the Director of Naval Construction in the Royal Navy – established a definitive project which was submitted to the Minister on 14 August 1935 and adopted on 31 August, and the Richelieu was laid down on 22 October 1935. Two planes were to be stowed in the 25-meter (82 ft) hangar on the same level, wings folded and in line, instead of being placed on the two platforms of a two-tier hangar lift, and two on the catapults with wings deployed. 8 x 380mm (15 inch)/45 Modèle 1935 guns in quadruple mounts at bow But the U.S. Navy authorities concluded the task exceeded their capacities, for the ship was too different from the equivalent U.S. warships, and the correct parts were lacking. [83] On 22 July, she sailed to attack Sabang and Sumatra (Operation Crimson, 22–29 July). Author: Richelieu class battleships inboard profile.svg: Sas1975kr; derivative work: Maxrossomachin [80] The 100 mm (3.9 in) guns proved to be the only reliable arms of the Richelieu until 1942, due to the uncompleted or obsolescent fire control of the 380 mm and 152 mm batteries. Against aircraft, the 152 mm (6.0 in)/55 Model 1930 guns would be firing High Explosive (HE) shells, registered as OEA (Obus Explosif en Acier) Model 1936 and weighing 54.7 kilograms (121 lb), or 49.3 kilograms (109 lb) for the OEA Model 1937. [189], The Jean Bart was officially commissioned on 16 January 1949, but the anti-aircraft short range artillery, twelve 100 mm (3.9 in) dual mountings and fourteen Bofors licensed 57 mm (2.2 in) dual mountings, was not fitted before 1952–1953. The battleship emerged with a much more compact fore control tower, topped by only one rangefinder (Richelieu had two ones after her refit). Main turrets: 170–430 mm (6.7–17 in). In April 1941, Richelieu was the first French battleship to be fitted with French early radar, designated as "electro-magnetic detector", Détecteur Electro-Magnétique (D.E.M. [31][32] They are all superior to those for earlier battleships (such as the Dunkerque) or those given for the King George V-class battleships, (12,500 tons and 34.80%)[33] or for the Littorio-class battleships (13,600 tonnes (13,400 long tons) weight of armor and 36% of 37,750 tonnes (37,150 long tons) standard displacement). She eventually limped into Singapore at noon on 11 September.[92]. ... French battleship Richelieu: French ironclad Richelieu: Fort Richelieu: Prix Richelieu: Bust of Cardinal Richelieu: Salle Richelieu: Sarnet, René; Le Vaillant, Eric (1997) (in fr). The main turrets were protected with a 405 mm (15.9 in) thick armor on the barbette; 430 mm (17 in) armor on the faces, inclined to 30°; from 170 mm (6.7 in) to 195 mm (7.7 in) on the roof; 270 mm (11 in) on the turret I rear wall; and 260 mm (10 in) on the turret II rear wall. [168][169] On 29 December, she sailed for France, and arrived in Toulon on 11 February 1946. She served during World War II, first on the Vichy Regime side, notably fending off a 1940 Allied attempt on Dakar, then later joined the Allies in 1943. 1 380 mm turret were sent to man the two 240 mm guns of the coast defence battery of Cape Manuel, the most southern promontory of Cap-Vert peninsula. It was decided to use triple 152 mm (6.0 in) turrets, as fitted on the most recent light cruisers, the Émile Bertin and the La Galissonnière-class cruisers that were then being built. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page. As the modern Italian battleships were then interned in the Great Bitter Lake, after the armistice between Italy and the Allies, a modern battleship was no longer needed in the Mediterranean. [88], Three fire control systems were mounted one over the other atop the fore tower. This caused a 40-foot (12 m) long hole, and disabled the starboard propeller shaft; flooding caused her stern to touch bottom. The rate of fire was 6.5 rounds per minute, against sea targets, and 5 rpm against aircraft. The Richelieu-class battleships were the last and largest battleships of the French Navy, staying in service into the 1960s. With two 280 mm (11 in) triple turrets and a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph), this ship outgunned every so-called heavy cruiser with their 203-millimetre (8.0 in) guns intended to respect the Washington Treaty limitations concerning the caliber of cruiser main artillery and outran every battleship except the three fastest British units (the HMS Hood, HMS Renown, and HMS Repulse). [112] The German battleship Bismarck had a 29-knot (54 km/h; 33 mph) speed with 138,000 hp, and reached 31 knots with forcing for 150,000 hp,[98] with a length/beam ratio of only 6.9 as she had nearly the same hull length as the Richelieu, but a wider beam (36 meters (118 ft)). [113] They were 6.30 meters (20.7 ft) long versus 5.33 m in on the Dunkerque, 4.65 meters (15.3 ft) height versus 5.34 meters (17.5 ft), and moreover 4.50 meters (14.8 ft) wide versus 6.50 meters (21.3 ft). But Italy believed the new French battleships broke the balance between the French and Italian battleship fleets in the Mediterranean Sea. They remain the largest French-built warships. Soon after, she was based in Brest. All structured data from the file and property namespaces is available under the Creative Commons CC0 License; all unstructured text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. [103], The U.S. Navy battleships had an equivalent armored belt (about 335 mm (13.2 in)) to the Richelieu, on the North Carolina and South Dakota classes, and a little less thick (310 mm (12 in)) on the Iowa class. She served with the British Home Fleet from November 1943 to March 1944, participating in an operation off the Norwegian coast in January 1944. This 23,333-long-ton (23,707 t) battleship would have had a length of 213 metres (699 ft) and a 27.5-metre (90 ft) beam, two quad 305-millimetre (12.0 in)/55 turrets forward, three quad 130-millimetre (5.1 in) Dual Purpose (DP) turrets aft, a 30-knot (56 km/h; 35 mph) top speed, 230-millimetre (9.1 in) belt armor, and 150-millimetre (5.9 in) deck armor. Richelieu was a French fast battleship, the lead ship of the Richelieu class. This led to attacks from the Royal Navy against the French warships (Operation Catapult): to seize them (in British harbors), sink them (at Mers el-Kebir), or intern them (at Alexandria). Nevertheless, Lieutenant-Commander Bristowe received the DSO. Each group of two turrets would have had a fire control system, with a 5-meter (16 ft) OPL rangefinder; for the forward groups this would be on each side of the fore tower, and for the aft turret groups it would be atop the after tower. The damaged barrels were not yet repaired, because of the obstruction of the German Armistice Commission. The horizontal turning speed was 12°/second, and the elevation speed was 8°/s. A single axial catapult would have had its pedestal countersunk in the quarterdeck, with an internal hangar in a recess under the first deck and a lift to hoist the seaplanes to the first deck level in order to avoid the blast effects of the rear 380 mm (15 in) turret firing, which also would have required positioning one deck higher the aft 381 mm (15.0 in) turret, on the Vittorio Veneto-class battleships. From 25 May 1956, she was used as an accommodation ship in Brest, and was placed in reserve in 1958. Consequently, it was not reasonable to keep the Salou building dock empty for at least six months, waiting to start building a Project B design battleship which necessitated at least one year to come up with definitive drawings after it had been ordered. Pierre Boisson, Gouverneur Général de l'A.E.F. The reduction of 0.5 meters (1.6 ft) comparing with Dunkerque was necessary to accommodate three boilers side by side in the boiler rooms. Four Richelieu-class ships, of three different subclasses, were designed over the course of three naval construction programs, in 1935, 1936, and 1938; only three were laid down. In December, Governor General Boisson, who had a good relationship with the Consulate of the United States in Dakar, agreed that the French forces in West Africa joined the Allies, under the authority of Admiral Darlan in Algiers. The Richelieu-class battleships were the last and largest battleships of the French Navy, staying in service into the 1960s.They still remain to this day the largest warships ever built by France.Designed in the 1930s to counter the threat of the Italian Vittorio Veneto-class battleships, the Richelieu-class were essentially scaled-up … Richelieu was struck, surprisingly, on starboard aft, either because a torpedo with a magnetic warhead had passed under the keel before exploding,[58] or because one of the aircraft had attacked on starboard,[59] contrary to what the British asserted. France in turn abrogated naval limitation treaties, in that 88,000 tons of new battleships had been ordered between 1922 and 31 December 1936, against a limit of 70,000 tons allowed by the 1922 Treaty of Washington and the 1930 Treaty of London. [134], The most conspicuous change with the Gascogne would have been the return to a main artillery arrangement with a quadruple 380 mm (15 in) gun turret aft. Captain Marzin, aware of the signature of the Franco-German Armistice, and having received instructions from Admiral Darlan that his ship remain under the French flag, otherwise he had to scuttle her or to flee to the U.S.A., determined to escape what he considered as a British mouse trap. On 7 July, the day after the air attack against Dunkerque at Mers-el-Kebir, the sloop HMS Milford transmitted by W/T an ultimatum from Captain Onslow, Commanding Officer of HMS Hermes, provisionally ranked Rear Admiral, in identical terms as the one of Mers-el-Kébir. [44] The Gneisenau was laid down on 6 May 1935 and the Scharnhorst on 15 June 1935. Laid down in October 1935, Richelieu was floated out the Salou n°4 graving dock, on 17 January 1939 to be fitted out in the Laninon n°9 dock in the Brest Navy Yards. All Vichya Dominion ships receive 1.5% (6%) less damage. From Algiers to Toulon, where she arrived on 1 October 1944, fifty two months after having left France, she hosted Amiral Lemonnier, Chief of the Navy General Staff. System 2, in the central position, was for anti-ship gunnery and had a 8-meter (26 ft) double stereoscopic OPL rangefinder. The S.T.C.N. [81], At the war's very beginning (in November 1939), it became evident that the projected 37 mm (1.5 in) ACAD Model 1935 (automatic anti-aircraft twin) mountings would not be provided in time for the Richelieu's completion; thus, a drastic revision of the AA battery was needed. [14] The top speed was, for most battleships, 21–25 knots (39–46 km/h);[lower-alpha 4] the Nagato-class battleships had 26.5 knots (49.1 km/h; 30.5 mph) top speeds;[16] and a few in Western waters, the fast battleships or battlecruisers, had top speeds exceeding 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph). 2 turret, due to premature explosion of the shells. The day after, the gunnery trials were carried out, six shots being fired for each 380 mm and 100 mm guns, «without major damage», but the main battery replenishment system gave concern, as a quarter of an hour was necessary to hoist one shell and its powder charges from the magazine to the barrel. The OPf Model 1935 was a further development of the 330 mm (13 in) OPf Model 1935, in use on the Dunkerque, except that its molded base formed a boat tail that assisted in keeping the shell stable in flight. 12 × 100 mm (3.94 in) in 6 CAD Modèle 1931 mountings Richelieu Class battleships were the cutting-edge ships designed by F-country in the 30s. [58] This method has been effective at Mers-el-Kebir, when the first British 381 mm (15.0 in) shell striking the Dunkerque ultimately hit the second 330 mm (13.0 in) turret; this killed all crew in the turret's right half, but the left half remained operational. 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