The Richelieu was a battleship of the French Navy, lead ship of her class.
She was the first French 35,000 tW battleship, designed to counter the Italian Littorio class battleships, first modern battleships built since the 1922 Treaty of Washington. Ordered in 1935, she was a scaled-up version of the Dunkerque class battleships, featuring a main armament of eight 380 mm guns in two quadruple turrets in forward superfiring positions. Her armour and underwater protection were at the best level, equal to her contemporaries, except the Japanese Yamato class battleships. Her 32 knots speed was surpassed only by the fastest U.S. Navy battleships.
Leaving Brest in northwestern France for Dakar in French West Africa (modern-day Senegal), in June 1940 in a nearly completed state, she served during World War II, first on the Vichy Regime side, notably fending off a 1940 Allied attempt on Dakar. She supported a weak anti-aircraft artillery suite, and traditional only optical fire control means, until she joined the Allies in 1943. Refitted in 1943, in New York Navy Yard, she operated then with the Royal Navy forces in the Indian Ocean in 1944 and 1945.
She took part in the return of French forces to Indochina in 1945, and served into the 1960s.
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