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French cruiser La Motte-Picquet
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Career (France)
Name: La Motte-Picquet
Namesake: Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte
Builder: Arsenal de Lorient
Laid down: 17 January 1923
Launched: 21 March 1924
Commissioned: 5 March 1927
Out of service: November 1941
Fate: Disarmed November 1941; sunk in harbour January 1945.
General characteristics
Class & type: Duguay-Trouin class cruiser
Displacement: 7,249 tons (standard)
9350 tons (full load)
Length: 181.30 m (595 ft) overall
Beam: 17.50 m (56.5 ft)
Draught: 6.14 m, 6.30 full load (17 ft)
Propulsion: 4-shaft Parsons single-reduction geared turbines; 8 Guyot boilers; 102,000 shp
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Range: 3,000 nautical miles (6,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 27 officers, 551 sailors
Armament: 8 × 155 mm (6.1in) (4 × 2)
4 × 75 mm anti-aircraft (4 × 1)
12 × 550 mm torpedo tubes (4 × 3)
Armour: deck: 20 millimetres
magazine box 30 millimetres
turrets and tower: 30 millimetres.
Aircraft carried: 2 Gourdou-Leseurre GL-812, later GL-832
1 catapult

The La Motte-Picquet was a French Duguay-Trouin class light cruiser, launched in 1924, and named in honour of the 18th century admiral count Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte.

Completed in 1927, La Motte-Picquet was based at Brest until 1933, serving with the 3rd Light Division, of which she was flagship. In 1935, she was sent to the Far East, where at the outbreak of war in 1939, she patrolled around Indochina, then a French colony, and the Dutch East Indies.

After the French surrender in Europe, tension developed along the border with Siam (now Thailand). These flared into hostilities between Siam and Vichy France in December 1940. In January 1941, the La Motte-Picquet became flagship of a small squadron, the Groupe Occasionnel. It was formed on 9 December at Cam Ranh Bay, near Saigon, under the command of Capitaine de Vaisseau Bérenger. The squadron also consisted of the colonial sloops Dumont d'Urville and Amiral Charner, and the older sloops Tahure and Marne. The Battle of Koh Chang took place on 14 January 1941 during which the Thai squadron was destroyed.

Apart from a visit to Osaka, Japan in September 1941, the La Motte-Picquet was restricted in her activities.

The La Motte-Picquet was used in the next month as a training hulk. Subsequently she was sunk in harbour, on 12 January 1945, by U.S carrier based aircraft from Task Force 38. The remains of the hull were scrapped after of the war.[1]

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