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Richelieu class (Richelieu, Jean Bart)
Elegant, distinctive, innovative, and excellent.
The premier french battleship, and one of very
few battleships actually built that respected
the 35,000 ton displacement limitation set
forth in the Washington Treaty.
sported numerous unique
systems, such as foil-skinned bouyant foam
capsules to prevent taking on too much water
from torpedo hits, excellent void and and water
filled torpedo blisters, exceptionally well
designed armor, some of the best (and longest
range) 15 inch guns ever built with a unique
loading system. Although it started life with a
relatively weak anti-aircraft system on par
with the Vittorio Veneto, it was refitted by
the Allies during its rather eventful history
to carry a much heavier anti-aircraft suite.
This class was retired in the 1950s-1960s, with
being finally scrapped in
12 37mm (pre-refit #1)
24 13.2mm (pre-refit #1)
56 40mm (post-refit #1)
48 20mm (post-refit #2)
28 57mm (Jean Bart, post-war)
20 20mm (Jean Bart, post-war)