Allied Warships

FR Paris

Battleship of the Courbet class

NavyThe French Navy
Built byF.&Ch de la Mediterranee (La Seyne, France) 
Laid down10 Nov 1911 
Launched28 Sep 1912 
Commissioned1 Aug 1914 
End service21 Dec 1955 

Used as a training ship before the war. Seized by the Royal Navy on 3 July 1940 while at Plymouth. Used as an accomodation ship by the Royal Navy.
Returned to France in August 1945.
Used as a ponton postwar.
Sold 21 December 1955 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for FR Paris

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1Cdr. Claude Henry Brooks, RAN23 Sep 194021 Oct 1940

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Notable events involving Paris include:

3 Jul 1940
While at Devonport, HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN) was moored close to the French battleship Paris (Capitaine de vaisseau (Capt.) P.L. Guillerm) and the submarine Surcouf (Capitaine de corvette (Lt.Cdr.) P.M.H. Martin).

In the early hours boarding parties were sent to these two french ships to take over control of them.

On board the Surcouf they met with resistance and and the first man to enter the French submarine, Leading Seaman Albert Webb of HMS Revenge was shot dead by a French officer. In turn, the French officer, was shot dead by the British officer who was following Leading Seaman Webb.

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