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Émile Bertin

Ship ClassÉmile Bertin-class Light Cruiser
BuilderChantiers de Penhoët, Saint-Nazaire, France
Laid Down18 Aug 1931
Launched9 May 1933
Commissioned28 Jan 1935
Displacement5,886 tons standard; 6,530 tons full
Length580 feet
Beam52 feet
Draft18 feet
Machinery6 Penhoët boilers, Parsons SR geared steam turbines
Power Output102,000 shaft horsepower
Speed34 knots
Range6,000nm at 15 knots, 2,800nm at 20 knots, 1,100nm at 33 knots
Armament3x3x150mm guns, 1x2x50mm and 2x1x50mm AA guns, 4x2x37mm AA guns, 4x2x13.2mm guns, 2x3x550mm torpedo tubes, 200 mines
Armor25mm deck, 30mm magazine, 20mm tower
Aircraft2 (removed in 1943)
Catapult1 (removed in 1943)


ww2dbaseCommissioned in 1935, Émile Bertin served as the flagship of a destroyer flotilla. In early 1939, she was transferred to Toulon in southern France. In late Sep 1939, as Poland fell under the joint Russo-German invasion, she transferred 57 tons of Polish government gold from Syria-Lebanon to Toulon for safekeeping. In early 1940, she sortied to the Canary Islands for a reconnaissance mission. In Apr 1940, she became the flagship of French Navy Group Z, with which group she saw action at Norway; she was forced to return to Brest, France for repairs after being damaged by German aircraft on 19 Apr. In late May 1940, after repair work was completed, she participated in the mission during which French gold was transported to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for safekeeping. While at Nova Scotia, France surrendered to Germany, and she was redirected to Fort-de-France, Martinique with her cargo of gold; she succeeded in escaping Canada and avoided being impounded by Canadian forces. She remained in French service in Martinique through May 1942, at which time she was placed out of service as pressured by the United States. In Jun 1943, her allegiance switched from Vichy France to the Britain-based Free France. Shortly after, she was modernized at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Pennsylvania, United States. In Aug 1944, she supported the Operation Dragoon landing in Southern France. Later in the year, she bombarded German positions along the coast of Gulf of Genoa just east of the French-Italian border. After the war, she served as the flagship of French naval forces in Indochina until Jul 1946. She served as a gunnery training ship until Oct 1959, after which date she was struck from the list and sold for scrap in 1961.

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Last Major Revision: Dec 2012

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Émile Bertin Operational Timeline

18 Aug 1931 The keel of Émile Bertin was laid down by Chantiers de Penhoët at Saint-Nazaire, France.
9 May 1933 Émile Bertin was launched at Saint-Nazaire, France.
28 Jan 1935 Émile Bertin was commissioned into service.
23 Sep 1939 Émile Bertin embarked 57 tons of Polish gold at Syria-Lebanon.
19 Apr 1940 Émile Bertin was damaged by German aircraft off Namsos, Norway; she would be sent to Brest, France for repairs.
21 May 1940 Émile Bertin completed her repairs at Brest, France.
16 May 1942 Pressured by the United States, the French Navy placed Émile Bertin out of service at Fort-de-France, Martinique.
2 Jul 1946 Émile Bertin was relieved of her duty as the French flagship at Indochina.
27 Oct 1959 Émile Bertin was struck from the French Navy list.

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