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Postby shipstamps » Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:58 pm

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Anti-aircraft Cruiser French Navy built 1956 Lorient & Brest Dockyards. Keel laid Nov 1938 launched 11 Sept 1946. Comm 3 Sept 1956. L617’8” B69’6”. 2 steam turbines 105000shp 2 screws 33kn (18kn cruising) Arm twelve 5in guns. Compl 560. Although laid down 1938 was not commissioned until 1956 due to WW2 and financial\strategies. Twice re-designed. Further set back due to vessel being flooded in dock after completion as the result of valves being left open when dock was flooded. It took another 17 years to complete the ship. Flagship of Pacific Experimental Nuclear Centre 1966. Cameroons SG383 (LB 2/70. SB 1/68)
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