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Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 1:15am

France, Q1/1949

Report for Q1/1949
Industrial Allocation
- 27.5 / 27.5 factories producing 27,500t materials.
- 0/27.5 factories producing infrastructure (dedicated)
- 12,232t from stockpile.
- 1825t from transactions.
- 0t from scrapping.
- 39,732t materials total.
- 25,669 t used.
- 12,232 t stored for Q1/49.

Infrastructure Development
Not applicable.

Naval Construction

DCNS / Arsenal de La Rochelle (Cl 5)
Class 5 Slip #1 - Aircraft carrier Le Terrible laid down July 1st, 1947. 64,150 tons required. 2650 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 18550 / 64150 tons. 45600 / 64150 tons remaining. Launched December 31st 1949. Completed January 31st, 1953.
Class 4 Slip #1 - Destroyer Duguesclin (Forbin-class) laid down January 1st, 1949. 2500 tons required. 625 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 625 / 2500 tons. 1875 / 2500 tons remaining. Launched May 19th, 1949. Completed December 15th, 1949.
Class 3 Slip #1 - Submarine tender Gabriel O’Byrne laid down October 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 224 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched March 18th, 1949. Completed December 1st, 1949.
Class 3 Slip #2 - Destroyer Turenne (Forbin-class) laid down January 1st, 1949. 2500 tons required. 625 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 625 / 2500 tons. 1875 / 2500 tons remaining. Launched May 19th, 1949. Completed December 15th, 1949.
Class 3 Slip #3 - Light cruiser Georges Leygues laid down January 1st, 1949. 8600 tons required. 2000 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 2000 / 8600 tons. 6600 / 8600 tons remaining. Launched November 1949. Completed June 8th, 1950.
Class 3 Slip #4 - Light cruiser Jean de Vienne laid down January 1st, 1949. 8600 tons required. 2000 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 2000 / 8600 tons. 6600 / 8600 tons remaining. Launched November 1949. Completed June 8th, 1950.
Class 2 Slip #1 - Escorteur d'escadre Poursuivante laid down October 1st, 1948. 3,850 tons required. 900 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 1800 / 3850 tons. 2050 / 3850 tons remaining. Launched March 5th, 1949. Completed October 27th, 1949.
Class 2 Slip #2 - Escorteur d'escadre Aventurier laid down October 1st, 1948. 3,850 tons required. 900 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 1800 / 3850 tons. 2050 / 3850 tons remaining. Launched March 5th, 1949. Completed October 27th, 1949.
Class 1 Slip #1 - Aconit-class minesweeper Hètre laid down October 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1948 for a total of 400 / 715 tons. 315 / 715 tons remaining on each. Launched January 27th, 1949. Completed October 22nd, 1949.
Class 1 Slip #2 - Aconit-class minesweeper Orme laid down October 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1948 for a total of 400 / 715 tons. 315 / 715 tons remaining on each. Launched January 27th, 1949. Completed October 22nd, 1949.
Class 1 Slip #3 - Aconit-class minesweeper Peuplier laid down October 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1948 for a total of 400 / 715 tons. 315 / 715 tons remaining on each. Launched January 27th, 1949. Completed October 22nd, 1949.
Class 1 Slip #4 - Aconit-class minesweeper Platane laid down October 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1948 for a total of 400 / 715 tons. 315 / 715 tons remaining on each. Launched January 27th, 1949. Completed October 22nd, 1949.
Class 0 Slip #1 - Aréthuse-class submarine Ariane (S287) laid down January 1st, 1949. 450 tons required. 450 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 450 / 450 tons. 0 / 450 tons remaining on each. Launched February 24th, 1949. Completed May 13th, 1949.
Class 0 Slip #2 - Aréthuse-class submarine Hélène (S288) laid down January 1st, 1949. 450 tons required. 450 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 450 / 450 tons. 0 / 450 tons remaining on each. Launched February 24th, 1949. Completed May 13th, 1949.
Class 0 Slip #3 - Aréthuse-class submarine Pénélope (S289) laid down January 1st, 1949. 450 tons required. 450 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 450 / 450 tons. 0 / 450 tons remaining on each. Launched February 24th, 1949. Completed May 13th, 1949.
Class 0 Slip #4 - Aréthuse-class submarine Cléopâtre (S290) laid down January 1st, 1949. 450 tons required. 450 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 450 / 450 tons. 0 / 450 tons remaining on each. Launched February 24th, 1949. Completed May 13th, 1949.

Dockside:
- Aconit-class minesweeper Cèdre laid down July 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 600 / 715 tons. 115 / 715 tons remaining on each. Launched October 27th, 1948. Completed April 22nd, 1949.
- Aconit-class minesweeper Chène laid down July 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 600 / 715 tons. 115 / 715 tons remaining on each. Launched October 27th, 1948. Completed April 22nd, 1949.
- Aconit-class minesweeper Erable laid down July 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 600 / 715 tons. 115 / 715 tons remaining on each. Launched October 27th, 1948. Completed April 22nd, 1949.
- Aconit-class minesweeper Frêne laid down July 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 600 / 715 tons. 115 / 715 tons remaining on each. Launched October 27th, 1948. Completed April 22nd, 1949.
- Aréthuse-class submarine Aréthuse (S283) laid down October 1st, 1948. 450 tons required. 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 450 / 450 tons. 0 / 450 tons remaining on each. Launched November 24th, 1948. Completed February 13th, 1949.
- Aréthuse-class submarine Bellone (S284) laid down October 1st, 1948. 450 tons required. 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 450 / 450 tons. 0 / 450 tons remaining on each. Launched November 24th, 1948. Completed February 13th, 1949.
- Aréthuse-class submarine Médée (S285) laid down October 1st, 1948. 450 tons required. 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 450 / 450 tons. 0 / 450 tons remaining on each. Launched November 24th, 1948. Completed February 13th, 1949.
- Aréthuse-class submarine Danaé (S286) laid down October 1st, 1948. 450 tons required. 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 450 / 450 tons. 0 / 450 tons remaining on each. Launched November 24th, 1948. Completed February 13th, 1949.
- Submarine tender Henri Fournier laid down July 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched December 18th, 1948. Completed September 1st, 1949.
- Stores Issuing Ship Liamone laid down July 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched December 18th, 1948. Completed September 1st, 1949.
- Stores Issuing Ship Laita laid down July 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched December 18th, 1948. Completed September 1st, 1949.
- Stores Issuing Ship Vire laid down April 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched September 18th, 1948. Completed June 1st, 1949.
- Stores Issuing Ship Odet laid down April 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched September 18th, 1948. Completed June 1st, 1949.
- Aviation stores ship Île d'Oléron laid down January 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched June 18th, 1948. Completed March 1st, 1949.
- Aviation stores ship Île de Batz laid down January 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched June 18th, 1948. Completed March 1st, 1949.
- Submarine tender Rene Audry laid down January 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched June 18th, 1948. Completed March 1st, 1949.

DCNS Brest (Cl 5)
Class 3 Drydock #1 - Ammunition Ship La Citerne laid down October 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 224 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched March 18th, 1949. Completed December 1st, 1949.
Class 2 Drydock #1 - Ammunition Ship La Grande Soufrière laid down October 1st, 1948. 724 tons required (built to civilian standards). 224 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 724 / 724 tons. 0 / 724 tons remaining. Launched March 18th, 1949. Completed December 1st, 1949.
Class 1.5 Drydock #1 - Destroyer Bayard (Forbin-class) laid down January 1st, 1949. 2500 tons required. 625 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 625 / 2500 tons. 1875 / 2500 tons remaining. Launched May 19th, 1949. Completed December 15th, 1949.
Class 1 Drydock #1 - Netlayer Grillon laid down October 1st, 1948. 582 tons required. 200 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 400 / 582 tons. 182 / 582 tons remaining. Launched February 25th, 1949. Completed July 18th, 1949.

Dockside:
- Coastal cargo ship Granville laid down October 1st, 1948. 123 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 123 / 123 tons. 0 / 123 tons remaining. Launched November 22nd, 1948. Completed February 15th, 1949.
- Battleship Lorraine scrapping dockside. 3,141 tons to be recovered (20939 tons light displacement). 12 months required to scrap. Tonnage will be available in Q3/1950.

Société Nouvelle des Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, Marseilles (Cl 5)
Class 5 Drydock #1 - Aircraft carrier Tonnant laid down July 1st, 1948. 64,150 tons required. 2650 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 7950 / 64150 tons. 56200 / 64150 tons remaining. Launched December 31st 1950. Completed January 31st, 1954.
Class 3 Slip #1 - Light cruiser De Grasse laid down January 1st, 1949. 8600 tons required. 2000 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 2000 / 8600 tons. 6600 / 8600 tons remaining. Launched November 1949. Completed June 8th, 1950.
Class 3 Slip #2 - Light cruiser Dupleix laid down January 1st, 1949. 8600 tons required. 2000 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 2000 / 8600 tons. 6600 / 8600 tons remaining. Launched November 1949. Completed June 8th, 1950.
Class 2 Drydock #1 - Destroyer Boué de Lapeyrère (Forbin-class) laid down January 1st, 1949. 2500 tons required. 625 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 625 / 2500 tons. 1875 / 2500 tons remaining. Launched May 19th, 1949. Completed December 15th, 1949.
Class 1 Slip #1 - Two ships laid down end-to-end. Russian submarine S-91 (exported Cybèle (Kibela) class) laid down laid down January 1st, 1949. 365 tons required. 365 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 365 / 365 tons. 0 / 365 tons remaining on each. Launched February 23th, 1949. Completed May 11th, 1949. Russian submarine S-92 (exported Cybèle (Kibela) class) laid down laid down January 1st, 1949. 365 tons required. 365 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 365 / 365 tons. 0 / 365 tons remaining on each. Launched February 23th, 1949. Completed May 11th, 1949.
Class 1 Slip #2 - Two ships laid down end-to-end. Russian submarine S-93 (exported Cybèle (Kibela) class) laid down laid down January 1st, 1949. 365 tons required. 365 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 365 / 365 tons. 0 / 365 tons remaining on each. Launched February 23th, 1949. Completed May 11th, 1949. Russian submarine S-94 (exported Cybèle (Kibela) class) laid down laid down January 1st, 1949. 365 tons required. 365 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 365 / 365 tons. 0 / 365 tons remaining on each. Launched February 23th, 1949. Completed May 11th, 1949.
Class 1 Drydock #1 - Russian submarine S-95 (exported Cybèle (Kibela) class) laid down laid down January 1st, 1949. 365 tons required. 365 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 365 / 365 tons. 0 / 365 tons remaining on each. Launched February 23th, 1949. Completed May 11th, 1949.
Class 0 Drydock #1 - Idle.

Dockside:
- Aircraft carrier Formidable laid down October 1st, 1945. 38,800 tons required. 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 38800 / 38800 tons. 0 / 38800 tons remaining. Launched June 18th, 1947. Completed September 25th, 1949.
- Heavy cruiser Amiral Charner laid down January 1st, 1947. 16584 tons required. 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 16584 / 16584 tons. 0 / 16584 tons remaining. Launched November 1947. Completed February 30th, 1949.
- Heavy cruiser Duguay-Trouin laid down January 1st, 1947. 16584 tons required. 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 16584 / 16584 tons. 0 / 16584 tons remaining. Launched November 1947. Completed February 30th, 1949.
- Light cruiser La Galissonniere laid down January 1st, 1948. 8600 tons required. 600 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 8600 / 8600 tons. 0 / 8600 tons remaining. Launched November 1948. Completed June 8th, 1949.
- Light cruiser Georges Leygues laid down January 1st, 1948. 8600 tons required. 600 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 8600 / 8600 tons. 0 / 8600 tons remaining. Launched November 1948. Completed June 8th, 1949.
- Netlayer Cigale laid down April 1st, 1948. 582 tons required. 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 582 / 582 tons. 0 / 582 tons remaining. Launched August 25th, 1948. Completed January 18th, 1949.
- Aconit-class minesweeper Ciguë laid down April 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 115 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 715 / 715 tons. 0 / 715 tons remaining. Launched July 27th, 1948. Completed January 22nd, 1949.
- Aconit-class minesweeper Agave laid down April 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 115 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 715 / 715 tons. 0 / 715 tons remaining. Launched July 27th, 1948. Completed January 22nd, 1949.
- Aconit-class minesweeper Renoncule laid down April 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 115 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 715 / 715 tons. 0 / 715 tons remaining. Launched July 27th, 1948. Completed January 22nd, 1949.
- Aconit-class minesweeper Roselys laid down April 1st, 1948. 715 tons required. 115 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 715 / 715 tons. 0 / 715 tons remaining. Launched July 27th, 1948. Completed January 22nd, 1949.
- Canard-class minesweeper Grèbe laid down October 1st, 1948. 175 tons required. 50 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 175 / 175 tons. 0 / 175 tons remaining on each. Launched November 20th, 1948. Completed February 5th, 1949.
- Canard-class minesweeper Héron laid down October 1st, 1948. 175 tons required. 50 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 175 / 175 tons. 0 / 175 tons remaining on each. Launched November 20th, 1948. Completed February 5th, 1949.
- Canard-class minesweeper Pingouin laid down October 1st, 1948. 175 tons required. 50 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 175 / 175 tons. 0 / 175 tons remaining on each. Launched November 20th, 1948. Completed February 5th, 1949.
- Canard-class minesweeper Vanneau laid down October 1st, 1948. 175 tons required. 50 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 175 / 175 tons. 0 / 175 tons remaining on each. Launched November 20th, 1948. Completed February 5th, 1949.

Arsenal de Cayenne (Cl 5)
Class 3 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 1 Drydock #1 - Idle.

Arsenal de Abidjan (Cl 5)
Class 3 Drydock #1 - Submarine Q192 scrapping. 65 tons to be recovered (436 tons light displacement). 1.8 months required to scrap. Tonnage will be available in Q4/1949.
Class 1 Drydock #1 - Submarine Q193 scrapping. 65 tons to be recovered (436 tons light displacement). 1.8 months required to scrap. Tonnage will be available in Q4/1949.

Arsenal de Oran (Cl 5)
Class 1 Drydock #1 - Submarine Q194 scrapping. 65 tons to be recovered (436 tons light displacement). 1.8 months required to scrap. Tonnage will be available in Q4/1949.
Class 0 Drydock #1 - Submarine Q195 scrapping. 65 tons to be recovered (436 tons light displacement). 1.8 months required to scrap. Tonnage will be available in Q4/1949.

Arsenal de Tunis (Cl 5)
Class 4 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 3 Slip #1 - Crane logistics ship Léon Blum laid down January 1st, 1949. 3035 tons required (built to civilian standards). 750 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 750 / 3035 tons. 2285 / 3035 tons remaining. Launched September 14th, 1949. Completed July 4th, 1950.
Class 1 drydock #1 - Idle.

Dockside:
- Crane logistics ship Raymond Poincaré laid down January 1st, 1947. 3035 tons required (built to civilian standards). 35 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 3035 / 3035 tons. 0 / 3035 tons remaining. Launched September 14th, 1948. Completed July 4th, 1949.
- Replenishment ship La Sultane laid down January 1st, 1948. 2418 tons required (built to civilian standards). 0 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 2418 / 2418 tons. 0 / 2418 tons remaining. Launched August 15th, 1948. Completed October 21st, 1949.
- Netlayer Fourmi laid down July 1st, 1948. 582 tons required. 182 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 582 / 582 tons. 0 / 582 tons remaining. Launched November 25th, 1948. Completed April 18th, 1949.

Société Nouvelle des Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, Beiruit (Cl 5)
Class 3 Drydock #1 - Idle.

Arsenal de Djibouti (Cl 2)
Class 2 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 1 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 1 Drydock #2 - Idle.

Base Navale, Dakar
Class 1 Floating Drydock #1 - Idle.

Forges et Chantiers de Indochine, Saigon (Cl 5)
Class 4 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 1 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 0 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 0 Slip #1 - Idle.
Class 0 Slip #2 - Idle.

Dockside:
- Aircraft carrier Clemenceau scrapping dockside. 2,220 tons to be recovered (14803 tons light displacement). 9.5 months required to scrap. Tonnage will be available in Q2/1950.

Forges et Chantiers de Indochine, Chrouy Svay, Kingdom of Cambodia (Cl 1)
Class 0 Drydock #1 - Idle.

Forges et Chantiers de Nouvelle-Calédonie (Cl 5)
Class 4 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 2 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 1.5 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 0 Drydock #1 - Idle.
Class 1 Slip #1 - Idle.
Class 0 Slip #1 - Idle.
Class 0 Slip #2 - Idle.
Class 0 Slip #3 - Idle.

Dockside:
- Replenishment ship Pointe de Grave laid down July 1st, 1948. 625 tons required (built to civilian standards). 125 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 625 / 625 tons. 0 / 625 tons remaining. Launched November 15th, 1948. Completed May 21st, 1949.
- Replenishment ship Point Penmarc'h laid down July 1st, 1948. 625 tons required (built to civilian standards). 125 tons added in Q1/1949 for a total of 625 / 625 tons. 0 / 625 tons remaining. Launched November 15th, 1948. Completed May 21st, 1949.

At Papeete (Cl 3)
Class 3.5 Drydock #1 - Idle.

On Trials:
- Aircraft carrier Foudroyant on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Light cruiser Lafayette on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Light cruiser Latouche-Tréville on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Contre-Torpillieur Le Beautemps-Beaupré on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Contre-Torpillieur La Pérouse on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Indochinese destroyer Ly Thuong Kiet on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Indochinese destroyer Ngo Quyen on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Indochinese destroyer Tran Binh Trong on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Indochinese destroyer Tran Quang Khai on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Submarine Cybèle on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Submarine Adrienne on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Submarine Melpomène on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Submarine Caroline on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Minesweeper Aconit on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Minesweeper Alysse on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Minesweeper Lobelia on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Minesweeper Mimose on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Light Minesweeper Gelinotte on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Light Minesweeper Heron on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Light Minesweeper Pigeon on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Light Minesweeper Pintade on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Light Minesweeper Pluvier on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Light Minesweeper Perdreau on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Light Minesweeper Ramier on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Light Minesweeper Tourterelle on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Replenishment Ship Le Vestale on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Replenishment Ship Pointe de Corsen on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Replenishment Ship Pointe de Grouin on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Coastal Transport Caen on builders trials until Q1/1949
- Coastal Transport Saint-Brieuc on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Netlayer Criquet on builders trials until Q2/1949
- Water tender Batayolle on builders trials until Q4/1948
- Water tender Aussiere on builders trials until Q1/1949

From Factories
- Two La Combatant III-class vedettes constructed by Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie in Cherbourg. 165t used for each boat; 330 tons total.
- Sixteen Vedette Rapide 24.5m-class vedettes constructed by Chantiers Navals de Meulan. 65 tons used for each boat; 1040 tons total.

Transactions
1825 tons are received from Russia for the construction of export Cybèle-class submarines.

Other Notes
Experimental Motor Torpedo Boat La Combattante continues conducting extensive trials in the Manche to test its experimental gas turbine.

Construction continues on the new aircraft carriers Le Terrible and Tonnant. An unofficial model 3m long is displayed at the French Navy Museum in Toulon, showing a ship with enclosed hurricane bows (as on the previous three carrier classes), three catapults, and a starboard-side island with an angled funnel. Meanwhile, the carrier Foudroyant is completed, with Formidable shortly to follow.

The four Indochinese destroyers of the Ly Thuong Kiet class continue conducting sea trials in the Mediterranean. The lead two vessels have finished their training but remain in the Mediterranean awaiting the second pair of vessels. They will deploy to Indochina in June 1949.

A major program to increase the quantity of fleet auxiliaries is underway.

Ships being scrapped
- Battleship Lorraine
- Carrier Clemenceau
- Submarine Q192
- Submarine Q193
- Submarine Q194
- Submarine Q195

Tonnage in recycling until Q4/1949: (65x4) = 260
Tonnage in recycling until Q2/1950: (2220x1) = 2220
Tonnage in recycling until Q3/1950: (3141x1) = 3141

Updated Order of Battle, End of Q1/1949
Note: X(Y)+Z = completed (under repair/refit) + under construction - scrapping

The Fleet
Battleships: 6(0)+0-1
Battlecruisers: 4(0)+0
Aircraft Carriers: 12(0)+3-1
Heavy Cruisers: 14(0)+0
Light Cruisers: 28(0)+8
Coast Defense Ships: 1(0)+0
Destroyers: 88(0)+4
Frigates: 4(0)+0
Corvettes: 10(0)+0
Escorteurs Rapides: 24(0)+0
Avisos: 16(0)+0
Fleet Submarines: 38(0)+0
Coastal Submarines: 59(0)+4
Midget Submarines: 0(0)+0
Motor Torpedo Boats: 66(0)+0
Motor Torpedo Boat Experimental: 1(0)+0
Patrouilleurs: 16(0)+0
Submarine Chasers: 100(0)+0
Light Patrol Boats: 8(0)+0
Vedettes: 8(0)+0
Minesweepers: 34(0)+16

Fleet Train
Replenishment Ships: 23(0)+3
Light Oiler Tankers: 7(0)+0
Gasoline Tankers: 3(0)+0
Oil Transport Tankers: 12(0)+0
Crane Logistics Ships: 1(0)+1
Aviation Stores Ships: 0(0)+2
Fleet Tenders: 4(0)+0
Submarine Tenders: 1(0)+4
Heavy Repair Ships: 2(0)+0
Light Repair Ships: 4(0)+0
Ammunition Ships: 2(0)+2
Transports: 10(0)+6
Coastal Transports: 3(0)+1
Aircraft Transports: 2(0)+0

Auxiliaries:
Sail Training Ships: 2(0)+0
Sail Training Yawls: 3(0)+0
Fleet Tugs: 12(0)+0
Medium Harbour Tugs: 4(0)+0
Light Harbour Tugs: 14(0)+0
Water Tenders: 4(0)+0
Netlayers: 1(0)+3
Research Ship: 5(0)+0
Research Submarine: 2(0)+0

Amphibious Forces:
Dock Landing Ship: 2(0)+0
Vehicle Landing Ship: 4(0)+0
Heavy Landing Ship: 8(0)+0
Troop Transport Ships: 2(0)+0
Heavy Tank Landing Craft (CDIC): 10(0)+0
Infantry Landing Craft Large (EDA-L): 8(0)+0
Tank Landing Craft (EDA): 17(0)+0
Infantry Assault Craft Small (EA): 33(0)+0

Minor Craft:
Bateau de Service: 72(0)+0
Patrouilleur de Port: 54(0)+0
Hydroglisseurs: 32(0)+0

Patrouille Navale Indochinoise:
Destroyers: 4(0)+0
Frigates: 2(0)+0
Avisos: 8(0)+0
Minesweepers: 16(0)+0
Survey Craft: 1(0)+0
Civil Support Ships: 1(0)+0
River Gunboats: 34(0)+0
Tank Landing Craft (EDA): 8(0)+0
Infantry Assault Craft (EA): 8(0)+0
Submarine Chasers: 58(0)+0
Motor Torpedo Boats: 8(0)+0
Vedettes: 24(0)+0
Replenishment Ships: 2(0)+0
Base Ships: 1(0)+0
Light Patrol Boats: 4(0)+0
Bateau de Service: 12(0)+0
Patrouilleur de Port: 4(0)+0

Royal Cambodian Navy:
Motor Torpedo Boats: 4(0)+0
Patrol Craft: 2(0)+0
Sea Trucks: 4(0)+0
River Patrol Boats: 16(0)+0
Harbor Minesweepers: 4(0)+0
Tugboats: 1(0)+0

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Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 1:49am

Marine Nationale Order of Battle, April 1st, 1949
The Marine Nationale is divided into three major and one minor fleet organizations based on geography: the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Fleets, and the Indian Ocean Flotilla. Due to differing mission priorities as well as effective command and control, the Pacific Fleet is subdivided into East and West, each incorporating a defined overall operations area, although both exist under the same overall command. The Mediterranean Fleet possesses the bulk of the French Navy's surface forces, which can be assigned to the Force d'Action Naval (Naval Action Force).

Major units of the Navy are deployed as follows:

Atlantic Fleet
Headquarters: Brest, France, Europe
Commander: Amiral René-Émile Godfroy

Force opérationnelle Atlantique Nord: Brest
2nd Composite (Carrier and Battle) Squadron: Paris (F), Justice, St. Cyr, Foudroyant (working up)
3rd Division de Croiseurs: Duquesene (F), Gloire
1st Flotilla de Croiseurs (Division Rouge): Amiral Charner, Duguay-Trouin (both working up, intended for Meditteranean)
9th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Barfleur, La Rochelle, Cap Lézard, Baie de Chesapeake, Navarin, Fou-Tchéou, Grand Port, Bévéziers
4th Fleet Submarine Flotilla: Sfax, Casabianca, Caroline, Ouessant, Galétée, Minerve (homeported in Lorient)
5th Replenishment Squadron: Cap Gris Nez, Cap Corse, Rambouillet

Force opérationnelle Atlantique Sud: Dakar, Contre-amiral Ernest Bailly
5th Division de Porte-avions: Zélé, Héros
5th Division de Croiseurs: Redoubtable, Renommée
13th Flotilla Torpillieurs: L'Inflexible, L'Inébranlable, L'Infatigable, L'Implacable
2nd Flotilla Escorteurs: Le Breton, Le Normand, Le Boulonnais, Le Lorrain, Le Vendéen, Le Bordelais, Le Gascon, Le Savoyard
2nd Service Squadron: Dakar

1st Région Maritime (Dunkerque)
10th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-01-class submarine chasers
2nd Submarine Flotilla: Cybèle, Adrienne, Melpomène, Caroline
4th Vedette-torpilleur Flotilla: 12x La Combattante II-type Vedette-torpilleurs
5th Vedette-torpilleur Flotilla (Cherbourg): 2x La Combattante II-type Vedette-torpilleurs
6th Vedette-torpilleur Flotilla (Le Havre): 16x Vedette Rapide 24.5m-type Vedette-torpilleurs

2nd Région Maritime (Brest)
8th Flotilla de Croiseurs: Marseillaise, Suffren, Lafayette, Latouche-Tréville (unit forming)
3rd Flotilla Escorteurs: No ships currently assigned
10th Submarine Flotilla: Monge, Henri Poincaré, Pascal, Pasteur, Pégase, Persée
2nd Minesweeper Flotilla: Aubepine, Hortensia, Tulipe, Dahlia, Capucine, Petunia, Jasmine, Pâquerette
3rd Minesweeper Flotilla: Canard, Colombe, Coq, Faisan, Gelinotte, Heron, Pigeon, Pintade (unit forming)

5th Région Maritime (Lorient)
11th Submarine Flotilla: Q196, Q197, Q198, Q199
6th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-01-class submarine chasers
4th Minesweeper Flotilla: Aconit, Alysse, Lobelia, Mimose

Casablanca Station:
6th Submarine Flotilla (Casablanca): Q200, Q201, Q202, Q203

Dakar Station:
4th Aviso Division: Roxane, Laurette (Emilia-class patrol boats)

Abidjan Station:
5th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-01-class submarine chasers
3rd Aviso Division: Frasquita, Véronique (Emilia-class patrol boats)

Martinique Station
3rd Frigate Division: Sans Peur

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Pacific Fleet
Headquarters: Saigon, Indochina, Asia
Commander: Vice-amiral Virgile Lapeyre

8th Submarine Flotilla: Vénus, Sirène, Fresnel, Créole, Bayadère, Favorite
9th Submarine Flotilla: Daphné, Diane, Doris, Eurydice, Flore, Junon
1st Gunboat Flotilla: Emilia, Leïla, Pasquin, Carmen, Parséis, Cathérine, Marie, Bettina (Emilia-class patrol boats)
4th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-01-class submarine chasers
8th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-81-class submarine chasers
14th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-81-class submarine chasers
2nd Amphibious Operations Squadron: Montebello, Crocodile, Jacara, Gazelle, Gerboise, 4x CDIC-200 (C1, C2, C7, C8)
2nd Vedette-torpilleur Flotilla: 12x Typ-36 Vedette-torpilleurs (ex-German Schnelleboot)

Indochinese River Defense Force
4x Vedette FOM 8m
4x Vedette FOM 11m

Force opérationnelle Indochine: Cam Ranh Bay, Vice-amiral d'escadre Edgar Joly
French 5th Composite (Carrier and Battle) Squadron: Liberté (F), Lyon, L'Ocean
French 1st Division de Croiseurs: Téméraire (F), Indochine, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Saint Louis
Russian 13th Cruiser Squadron: Kiev (F), Tver, Arkhangelsk, Stavropol, Magadan, Perekop
French 10th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Mogador, Hoche, Desaix, Marceaux
French 11th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Jaguar, Chacal, Lion, Guépard, Leopard, Lynx, Panthère, Tigre
2nd Fleet Submarine Flotilla: Ajax, Archimède, Argo, Africaine, Astrée, Aurore
French 3rd Replenishment Squadron: Romainville and Villeneuve-Saint-Georges
French 4th Replenishment Squadron: Cap de la Chèvre and Cap Ferrat

Force opérationnelle Pacifique: Nouvelle-Calédonie, Vice-amiral d'escadre Régis Bérenger
2nd Division de Croiseurs: Jean Bart, Jeanne d'Arc
7th Flotilla de Croiseurs: Sénégal (F), Martinique, Niger, Guadeloupe
7th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Forbin, Dupetit-Thouars, Chevalier Paul, Vauquelin, D'Estrées, d'Estaing, Guépratte, Duperré
2nd Frigate Division: Polynésie, Fidji
1st Fleet Submarine Flotilla: Andromède, Antigone, Andromaque, Artémis, Armide, Agosta
2nd Replenishment Squadron: Cap Blanc Nez, Cap Sizun
1st Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-01-class submarine chasers

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Mediterranean Fleet
Headquarters: Toulon, France, Europe
Commander: Vice-amiral André-Georges Lemonnier

Force de Action Naval: Toulon, France, Europe
The Force de Action Naval is a command that is organizationally synonymous with the Mediterranean Fleet, but is tasked with orchestrating any major French strategic response to a war. It can be assigned forces from any of the geographical commands.

Force de cuirassés rapides (Toulon)
1st Division de cuirassés: Richelieu (F), Courbet
3rd Division de cuirassés: France (F), Republique

Force de porte-avions rapides (Toulon)
1st Division de Porte-avions: Vengeur (F), Pacificateur
2nd Division de Porte-avions: Pluton (F), Vauban
3rd Division de Porte-avions: Gambetta (F)
4th Division de Porte-avions: Bucentaure (F), Conquirant

Forces de croisière de la flotte (Toulon)
4th Flotilla de Croiseurs: Emile Bertin (F), Primauguet, Montcalm, Tourville
5th Flotilla de Croiseurs: Algerie, Tunisie, Corse, Leban
6th Flotilla de Croiseurs: Volta, Rhin, Chari, Fier

Forces d'escorte de la flotte (Toulon)
1st Flotilla Torpillieurs: Maillé-Brézé, La Bourdonnais, Jurien, Tartu, de Sercey, Allemand, Cosmao, La Gravière
2nd Flotilla Torpillieurs: Sabre, Baliste, Dehorter, Javeline, Bélier, Rapière, Sagaie, Casque
3rd Flotilla Torpillieurs: Dumont d'Urville, D'Entrecasteaux, La Grandière, D'Iberville, Rigault de Genouilly, Savorgnan de Brazza, Le Beautemps-Beaupré, La Pérouse
5th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Cimeterre, Dague, Cognée, Arquebuse, Glaive, Poignard, Pique, Épieu
6th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Étendard, Flamberge, Hallebarde, Harpon, Claymore, Carabine, Épée, Trident
12th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Aigle, Vautour, Albatros, Gerfaut, Milan, Épervier, Bison, Valmy
1st Flotilla Escorteurs: Zephir, Méduse, Cléopâtre, Désirée, Bellone, Aréthuse, Égyptienne, Piémontaise
5th Flotilla Escorteurs: Le Picard, L'Alsacien, Le Audois, Le Brestois, Le Corse, Le Calaisien, Le Basque, Le Dijonnais
6th Flotilla Escorteurs: Le Dieppois, Le Champenois, Le Indrien, L'Calvadosien, L'Agenais, L'Costalorien, Le Avignonnais, Le Yvelinois

Forces de scoutisme sous-marin (Toulon)
3rd Fleet Submarine Flotilla: Protée, Clorinde, Cornélie, Alma, Achille, Actéon

1st Groupe Amphibie
1st Amphibious Operations Squadron: Châteaurenault, Destrées, Condorcet, Bazaine
3rd Amphibious Operations Squadron (Legere): Fantassin, Tirailleur, Voltigeur, Mameluck, Spahi, Chasseur, C3, C4, C5, C6, C9, C10
4th Amphibious Operations Squadron: Caiman, Alligator, Daman, Addax

1st Groupe de soutien de la flotte (Mers el-Kebir)
Fleet Oilers: Seine, Marne, Risle, Ource, Aube, Essone, La Vestale (working up)
Gasoline Tankers: Inkerman
Destroyer Tenders: La Seybouse, La Chelif
Dry Stores Cargo Ships: Titan, Japet
Ammunition Ships: Bougainville
Large Repair Ships: Garonne
Small Repair Ships: Gémeaux, Règle
Oceanic Tugs: Cephee, Eridan

2nd Groupe de soutien de la flotte
Fleet Oilers Durance, Somme, Var, Oise, Rance, Loire
Gasoline Tankers: Le Kremlin-Bicêtre
Destroyer Tenders: Le Drâa, La Medjerda
Dry Stores Cargo Ships: Rhéa, Téthys
Ammunition Ships: Chaîne des Puys
Large Repair Ships: Mékong
Small Repair Ships: Ophiuchus, Paon
Oceanic Tugs: Cassiopee, Andromede

Forces Légères d'Attaque: Bizerte
1st Flotilla de Croiseurs (Division Bleu): De Grasse, Georges Leygues, Dupleix, Jean de Vienne
3rd Flotilla de Croiseurs: Roland (F), Olifant, Turpin, Roncevaux
8th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Le Fantasque, Le Malin, L'Indomptable, Le Triomphant

Force de Raid (Mers el-Kebir)
4th Division de cuirassés: Dunkerque (F), Strasbourg
4th Flotilla Torpillieurs: Surcouf, Kersaint, Cassard, Bouvet
1st Indochinese Destroyer Flotilla: Ly Thuong Kiet, Ngo Quyen (both working up)

3rd Région Maritime (Toulon)
1st Submarine Flotilla: Q204, Q205, Q206, Q207, Q208, Q209
1st Minesweeper Flotilla: 10x Cantal-class minesweepers
5th Minesweeper Flotilla: Pluvier, Perdreau, Ramier, Tourterelle (working up)
6th Minesweeper Flotilla: (unit forming)
1st Vedette-torpilleur Flotilla: 12x Typ-36 Vedette-torpilleurs
3rd Vedette-torpilleur Flotilla: 12x La Combattante II-type Vedette-torpilleurs
2nd Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-01-class submarine chasers

4th Région Maritime (Bizerte)
3rd Submarine Flotilla: Thetis, Nymphe, Atalante, Calypso, Naiade, Circé
5th Submarine Flotilla: (inactive)
7th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-01-class submarine chasers

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Indian Ocean Flotilla
Headquarters: Djibouti, French Somaliland, Africa
Commander: Contre-amiral Vaisseau Emile Montrelay

4th Division de Croiseurs: Oliver, Durendal
1st Aviso Division: Grisélidis, Vivette (Emilia-class patrol boats)
2nd Aviso Division: Le Dancaïre, Micaëla (Emilia-class patrol boats)
1st Frigate Division: Sans Reproche
4th Flotilla Escorteurs: Meuse, Sambre, Sormonne, Chiers, Othain
7th Submarine Flotilla: Phénix, Poncelet, Prométhée, Psyché, Hermione, Gorgone
1st Service Squadron: repair ship Acheron, submarine tender Jules Verne
3rd Submarine Chaser Flotilla: 10x CSM-01-class submarine chasers
2nd Vedette Flotilla: 8x Patrouilleur léger Type 1941

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Indochinoise Patrouille Navale
Headquarters: Hanoi, Indochina, Asia
Commander: Chuan Do doc (Rear Admiral) Cao Van Cang

Destroyer Flotilla: Ly Thuong Kiet (F), Ngo Quyen, Tran Binh Trong, Tran Quang Khai (working up, in European waters until 6/49)
Frigate Flotilla: Tran Nhat Duat (F), Trieu Thi Trinh
4th Corvette Division: Ngoc Hoi, Bach Dang
Gunboat Flotilla: Song Me Kong, Song Hau, Song Huong, Song Hong, Song Lo, Song Da
1st Support Flotilla: Tam Sat (tug), Hát Giang (tug), Trung Trac (survey), Thich Anh Hung (civil support)
2nd Support Flotilla (Replenishment): Than Tien, Thien Kich

Northern Naval Zone - Hai Phong
2nd Corvette Division: Dong Da, Tuy Dong
1st Submarine Chaser Flotilla: Kon Tum, Phu Tho, Tra Vinh, Tien Giang, Quang Binh, Dong Nai, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Lai Chau, Binh Duong (CSM-81-class)
2nd Submarine Chaser Flotilla: Son La, Soc Trang, Vinh Phuc, Cao Bang, Nam Dinh, Ha Tinh, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Thai Binh, Dong Thap (CSM-81-class)
6th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Thi Nai, Vung Tau, Qhi Nhon, Nha Trang (Cam Ranh-class)
1st Torpedo Boat Flotilla: Vedette Rapide 23m-class MTBs MTB-01, MTB-02, MTB-03, MTB-04
3rd Patrol Flotilla: 4x Patrouilleur léger Type 1941 patrol boats
2nd Motor Minesweeper Flotilla: HQ-09, HQ-10, HQ-11, HQ-12, HQ-12, HQ-14, HQ-15, HQ-16

Central Naval Zone - Cam Ranh
3rd Corvette Division: Tay Cay, Can Don
3rd Submarine Chaser Flotilla: An Giang, Quang Tri, Kien Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Gia Lai, Yen Bai, Hau Giang, Binh Dinh, Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh (CSM-81-class)
1st Motor Minesweeper Flotilla: HQ-01, HQ-02, HQ-03, HQ-04, HQ-05, HQ-06, HQ-07, HQ-08

Southern Naval Zone - Vung Tau
1st Corvette Division: Chi Lang, Van Kiep
4th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: Hung Yen, Thai Nguyen, Tay Ninh, Nghe An, Binh Phuoc, Bac Lieu, Lam Dong, Quang Ninh, Dak Lak, Hain Duong (CSM-81-class)
5th Submarine Chaser Flotilla: Dak Nong, Bac Ninh, Ca Mau, Bac Kan, Phu Yen, Long An, Lao Cai, Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa, Quang Nam (CSM-81-class)

Riverine Warfare Force / Indochina Marine Corps
34x Bateau de Patrouille Blindé (62t class)
8x Vedette FOM 8m river patrol boats
8x Vedette FOM 11m river patrol boats
4x EDA-55 landing craft
8x EA-13 landing craft

Cam Ranh Bay Service Flotilla
8x Bateau de Service 8.6m
8x Bateau de Service 12.2m
8x Bateau de Service 20m
8x Patrouilleur de Port 15m

* * * * *


Other Units

Forces Sous-Marines: Brest, France, Europe
5th Fleet Submarine Flotilla: Emeraude, Opale, Rubis, Saphir, Topase, Turquoise
6th Fleet Submarine Flotilla: Grenat, Agate, Améthyste, Jaspe, Obsidienne, Perle
4th Submarine Flotilla: Roland Morillot, Charles Drujon (training unit)

École Navale: Belle Poule, Étoile
Coast Defense Ship Foch: based in Toulon as training and reserve ship
Submarines Gymnote and Maxime Laubeuf: based in Toulon as experimental ships
Transports Camerone and Tuyen Quang: based in Arzew, used as transports by French Foreign Legion
Aircraft Transports Furet and Dromedaire: based in Toulon, used to transport aircraft to external territories
Fleet Tankers La Vestale, La Sultane (previously 6th Replenishment Squadron): disarmed and sold into civilian service
Oil Tankers Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor, Fructidor: based in Oran
Coastal tankers Cerisoles and Malakoff: based in Marseilles
Coastal tankers Le Chesnay and Ris-Orangis: based in Bizerte
Coastal freighter Morlaix: based in Saint-Nazaire
Coastal tanker Châtenay-Malabry: based in Dakar
Oceanic Tugs Caméléon and Lyre: based in Brest
Oceanic Tugs Sagittaire and Verseau: based in Suva, Fidji
Oceanic Tugs Bélier and Capricorne: based in Toulon
Medium Tugs Étangs de Sologne and Étangs des Dombes: based in Toulon
Medium Tugs Étang de Biscarosse and Étang de Berre: based in Bizerte
Water Tankers Drosse, Ridoir, Batayolle: based in Toulon
Water Tanker Aussiere: based in Brest
Ocean Research Ships Pourqui Pas, Le Suroit, Ingénieur Elie Monnier, CNRS-1, Géographe, Naturaliste: based in Toulon

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Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 2:02am

Q1/1949 Notable Ship Movements of the Marine Nationale
A general overview of the major exercises and operations being undertaken during Q1/1949 by the Marine Nationale. This list is representative and not exhaustive.

Flotte de l'Atlantique
-- FO Atlantique Nord, under Admiral R. Godfroy, is undergoing an extended downtime following Operation Tigre 48 (which kept the fleet in an almost continuous at-sea deployment to Indochina for ten months in 1948). The exceptions are Foudroyant, Amiral Charner, and Duguay-Trouin, administratively under FO Atlantique Nord, but based at La Rochelle. These ships are conducting working-up trials out of La Rochelle, and rotating destroyer pairs from the 9th Flotilla Torpillieurs are sent to provide escort and plane-guard duties. The Russian carrier Reval and two destroyers join them in mid February.
-- Exercise Sagittaire 49: FO Atlantique Sud under Admiral E. Bailly conducts maneuvers south of Côte d'Ivoire and Côte d'Or operating as far as 5 E and 2 S.
-- Exercise Araignée: 4th, 5th, and 6th Vedette-torpilleur Flotillas conduct exercises in the Manche during the month of March.
-- Heavy cruisers Suffren and Marseillaise, administratively part of the 8th Flotilla de Croiseurs, are assigned as French participants in Operation Pioneer / Operation Wachsame Entschlossenheit until March 1949. The light cruisers Lafayette and Latouche-Tréville, also part of 8th Flotilla (again, only administrative) remain in La Rochelle conducting training exercises.

Flotte de la Méditerranée
-- The Forces Légères d'Attaque under Contre-amiral M. St-Hilaire conduct port calls in Palma, Barcelona, Valencia, and Alicante.
-- Exercise Harmattan 49: The Forces Légères d'Attaque under Contre-amiral M. St-Hilaire conduct war games north of the Algerian coast.
-- Exercise Catapulte 49: The Mediterranean Fleet under Vice-amiral André-Georges Lemonnier conducts a series of seven week-long maneuvers ranging between the region between Toulon and Algiers in the west and Cyprus and Suez in the east. Forces include four battleships, two battlecruisers, seven carriers, twelve cruisers, sixty destroyers, and forty-six other assorted vessels.
-- Between the maneuvers of Catapulte 49, elements of the fleet make port calls in Athens, Thessalonika, Byzantium, Chania, Heraklion, Beirut, Tyre, Sidon, Limassol, Larnaca, and Smyrna.
-- 4th Flotilla Torpillieurs (four Surcouf-class destroyers) makes a port call to Taranto.
-- All four destroyers of the Ly Thuong Kiet class (under partial Indochinese and French crews) continue working up in the Mediterranean. Mers-el-Kebir is primary base of operations.

Forces Navales d'Extrême Orient
-- Operation Chi huy Lanh hai bien ('Command of Sea Territory'): Ongoing operation by Indochinoise Patrouille Navale, supported by French 2nd Amphibious Operations Squadron, to establish navigational and defense stations in the Hoang Sa Islands against the possibility of Chinese incursions.
-- Exercise Ganymède I and Ganymède II: Two-part ASW exercises held by the French FNEO and Indochinoise Patrouille Navale.
-- Exercise Atalante 49: Force opérationnelle Indochine under Vice-amiral d'escadre Edgar Joly conducts a series of seven week-long maneuvers in the region of the South China Sea. Forces include one battleship, one battlecruiser, one aircraft carrier, four cruisers, eighteen destroyers, and four other miscellaneous ships.
-- Operation Amertume: Submarines Astrée and Aurore make a sixty-two day deployment to the East China Sea, observing traffic movements along the Chinese coast.
-- Exercise Guette 49: The Force opérationnelle Pacifique under Vice-amiral d'escadre Régis Bérenger conducts a cruise to Hawai'i, conducting a joint anti-aircraft exercise and a friendly naval gunnery competition with the US Pacific Fleet.

Other
-- Sail-training barque Belle Poule continues circumnavigation, leaving Brest and heading into the Atlantic. Ship crosses the Indian Ocean with port calls in Port Elizabeth, Durban, Saint-Denis, Port Louis, Victoria (Seychelles), the Maldives, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Chittagong, Phuket, Singapore, Jakarta, and Saigon.
-- Support ship Ingénieur Elie Monnier and research submarine CNRS-1 conduct three research dives west of Corsica before winter weather forces them to return to Toulon.
-- Ocean Research Ship Pourqui Pas conducting extensive research in the Society Islands.
-- Ocean Research Ship Le Suroit conducting research in the Alboran Sea.
-- Ocean Research Ship Naturaliste returning to France following the resupply of Charcot base, the French-financed Antarctic research station near the Amery Ice Shelf.

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Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 3:04am

Quoted

Crane logistics ship Léon Blum


I am intrigued by the nomenclature of the ship type. Is there a Springsharp somewhere?

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Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 5:05am

Quoted

Crane logistics ship Léon Blum


I am intrigued by the nomenclature of the ship type. Is there a Springsharp somewhere?

Yes. The Léon Blum is the second ship ordered from the Raymond Poincaré-class. The ships are basically designed to be large fast cargo ships with three twin-boom heavy-lift cranes. According to the doctrine, they can use their cranes (which are rated to lift tanks or MTBs) to offload their cargo even in the absence of any port facilities whatsoever, either toting along modular pontoons to build their own floating dock, or offloading into landing craft or lighters. The ships are owned by the French Navy but will be operated by civilian crews during peacetime.

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Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 12:59pm

Thank you! A most interesting design concept, one which is worthy of imitation.

<Turns to KM design staff... Boys!>