World of Warships French Navy

By JonCS29
  • Jurien de la Gravière

    Jurien de la Gravière
    Jurien de la Gravière was the last protected cruiser built for the French Navy. The ship's silhouette and architecture were typical of French warships at the turn of the 19th century. Powerful 165mm guns distinguished Jurien de la Gravière from the majority of foreign counterparts.
  • Normandie

    Normandie
    The first French battleship design with the main battery guns placed in three quadruple gun turrets. The construction of such turrets was driven by the desire to achieve maximum broadside firepower given the ship's limited size.
  • Lyon

    Lyon
    A battleship design created before the outbreak of World War I, representing an improvement on the previous Normandie class but carrying enhanced primary armament. The addition of the fourth main gun turret allowed the ship to deliver a unique, 16-gun broadside salvo.
  • Courbet

    Courbet
    The first battleship-dreadnought built in France. The ship carried twelve 305 mm main guns and powerful secondary guns. Her sides were reinforced with vast armored areas. Her disadvantages included weak torpedo protection.
  • Fusilier

    Fusilier
    This destroyer design was offered soon after the end of World War I. The reason for the ship's significantly increased dimensions was the wider range of missions the destroyer would be tasked with during military combat.
  • Bretagne

    Bretagne
    A series of French battleships built in response to the appearance of British "superdreadnoughts". These ships were developed directly from the ships of the preceding class but carried 340 mm guns arranged under a more rational scheme.
  • Friant

    Friant
    A light cruiser project designed after the end of World War I that revealed an acute shortage of this type of ship in the French Navy. The primary features of the project were high speed, weak armor, powerful torpedo armament and main guns placed in turrets.
  • Bourrasque

    Bourrasque
    The first French destroyer of the new generation. In order to gain firepower superiority over her foreign counterparts, this ship was armed with powerful 130 mm main guns.
  • Duguay-Trouin

    Duguay-Trouin
    The world's first large warship designed and built after World War I. The ship had virtually no armor protection but carried very powerful torpedo armament. An innovation that was implemented on this type of ship was the arrangement of her main guns in twin-gun superfiring turrets.
  • Jaguar

    Jaguar
    An ancestor of a sub-type of large destroyers (French "contre-torpilleurs") that were fast-moving ships, their speed being typical of the French Navy. In contrast to destroyers of that time, these ships had large dimensions and powerful artillery armament.
  • Guépard

    Guépard
    Armed with 139 mm artillery guns, the Guépard-class ships were, to a greater extent than their predecessor, in line with the concept of large destroyers — half cruiser, half destroyer.
  • Aigle

    Aigle
    The lead ship in a series of large destroyers (contre-torpilleurs), a typical type of ship in the French Navy, designed specifically to hunt down enemy destroyers. The ship was large in size and had a high speed. She was on par with contemporary destroyers by the strength of her torpedo armament yet considerably outclassed them in terms of artillery power owing to her five 139mm guns.
  • Vauquelin

    A further development of the large destroyer sub-type (French "contre-torpilleurs"). In contrast to the Guépard class, she featured artillery with enhanced rapid-firing capabilities. Additionally, as opposed to the Aigle class, she had her torpedo armament arranged in a different manner, providing wider rotation angles for her torpedo tubes.
  • Algérie

    Algérie
    The last heavy cruiser built for the French Navy, and one of the best representatives of this type of ship in Europe. Among the cruisers of her time, she was distinguished by powerful armor and very good torpedo protection.
  • Émile Bertin

    Émile Bertin
    A light cruiser specifically designed to have the highest speed possible and a powerful artillery. The ship's small displacement was limited by international treaties so she received only minimal armor protection.
  • Le Terrible

    Le Terrible
    One of the Le Fantasque-class torpedo-boat destroyers—large fast ships with powerful artillery armament. During sea trials, she reached a top speed that remains unsurpassed by any destroyer since.
  • Le Fantasque

  • La Galissonnière

    La Galissonnière
    By the outbreak of World War II, La Galissonnière was one of the best light cruisers in the world. In contrast to her predecessor, she featured good main battery guns and the best armor protection among ships of this type. In 1943, cruisers of this class received enhanced anti-aircraft armament and surveillance radars.
  • Dunkerque

    Dunkerque
    A high-speed battlecruiser designed to counter German heavy cruisers. The ship had good torpedo protection, carried numerous dual-purpose guns and had powerful horizontal armor. Her main turrets were placed in the fore end thus making any aft firing scenarios impossible.
  • De Grasse

    De Grasse
    According to the draft design in 1938, the light cruiser De Grasse was developed from the La Galissonnière-class ships, and shared their main advantages: improved armor and good main battery guns. She had distinctive AA armament, increased speed, and slightly reinforced torpedo tubes.
  • Charlemagne

    Charlemagne
    A heavy cruiser project (Project C5A3) designed to rival potential adversaries: new ships of this type that were being built in Germany. The main difference from the previous ships was manifested in the enhancements of the ship's main guns located in triple turrets.
  • Charles Martel

    A heavy cruiser project (Project C5A3) designed to rival potential adversaries: new ships of this type that were being built in Germany. The main difference from the previous ships was manifested in the enhancements of the ship's main guns located in triple turrets.
  • Gascogne

    Gascogne
    A battleship design developed on the basis of the very successful Richelieu class, which received improved AA capabilities and had the main turrets placed in the ship's aft and forward ends. Like her prototype, the ship boasted a high speed and very good torpedo protection.
  • Champagne

    Champagne
    A battleship design close to that of the Gascogne class. Her triple turrets and the 406 mm guns mounted in them were developed in France in the second half of the 1930s.
  • Richelieu

    Richelieu
    One of the most successful and well-balanced "new generation" battleships in the world. The ship was equipped with 380 mm guns, had a high speed, strong armor and very good torpedo protection. The disadvantages of concentrating the ship's main guns on the bow were compensated by the favorable turret traverse angles.
  • Jean Bart

    Jean Bart
    A Richelieu-class battleship known for her high speed and powerful anti-torpedo defense. In the process of her completion in the late 1940s, she received the most advanced anti-aircraft artillery systems for that time, which significantly increased the ship's AA defense.