The French heavy cruiser MN Algérie in 1935.

The Algérie-class heavy cruisers were the last class of heavy cruisers of the Marine Nationale. They were built in response to the Italian Zara-class cruisers, incorporating better armour than previous French cruisers. Among the last of the so-called "Treaty Cruisers," they were considered one of the best designs commissioned by any of the naval powers. Unlike many of their contemporaries, the "Algérie"-class were well armoured ships.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Heavy Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1934-1956
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 617 feet (188.06 meters)
    • Beam: 66 feet (20.12 meters)
    • Draught: 20.2 feet (6.16 meters)
    • Displacement: 10,000 tons (Standard); 13,6341 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 748
  • Propulsion: 4-shaft Rateau-Bretagne SR geared turbines, 6 x Indret boilers, 84,000 shp
  • Range: 8,700 nautical miles (16,112 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 31 knots (57.41 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 8 x 203mm/55-caliber Modèle 1931 naval guns (4×2)
    • 12 x 100mm/45-caliber Modèle 1933 dual purpose guns (6×2)
    • 8 x 37mm/50-calier Modèle 1925 anti-aircraft guns (4×2) - increased to 16 in 1941
    • 16 x 13.2mm/76-caliber Modèle 1929 anti-aircraft guns (4×4) - increased to 36 in 1941
    • 6 x 550mm torpedo tubes (2 × 3)
  • Armour:
    • Main Belt 4.75-inches (120.65 mm)
    • Transverse Bulkheads: 2.75-inches (69.85 mm)
    • Longitudinal Bulkheads: 1.5-inches (38.1 mm)
    • Main Deck: 3-inches (76.2 mm)
    • Turrets:
      • Turret Faces: 3.75-inches (95.25 mm)
      • Turret Sides: 2.75-inches (69.85 mm)
      • Turret Roofs: 2.75-inches (69.85 mm)
    • Conning Tower: 3.75-inches (95.25 mm)
    • Torpedo Bulges:
  • Aircraft Carried: 3 x Loire-Nieuport 130 seaplanes
  • Aviation Facilities: 2 x catapults

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

  • MN Algérie
  • MN Maroc
  • MN Tunisie
  • MN Indochine
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