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French Naval Programme

Volume 155: debated on Wednesday 14 June 1922

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he can state the number of vessels in the new French naval programme which war has shown to be capable of use for attacking commerce; and whether he can give the number of each class of vessel in this naval programme and the approximate cost?

The total number of vessels in the new French programme is 34. This number is made up of

  • 3 Light Cruisers.
  • 6 Flotilla Leaders.
  • 12 Destroyers.
  • 12 Submarines.
  • 1 Aeroplane Carrier.
The estimated cost of each vessel is not known, but a credit of 755,000,000 francs (or £30,200,000 at par) has been voted for the construction of the whole programme.