Battleship of the Courbet class
|Navy||The French Navy|
|Built by||F.&Ch de la Mediterranee (La Seyne, France)|
|Laid down||10 Nov 1911|
|Launched||28 Sep 1912|
|Commissioned||1 Aug 1914|
|End service||21 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.
Commands listed for FR Paris
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|1||Cdr. Claude Henry Brooks, RAN||23 Sep 1940||21 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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