Waldeck-Rousseau (1908)

Waldeck-Rousseau in Constantinople, 16 December, 1922, to receive survivors from the transport Vinh-Long from USS Bainbridge. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1906
Launched
1908
Commissioned
1911
Decommissioned
1932
AD/BC
AD
History

Waldeck-Rousseau was one of the last French armored cruisers, laid down 16 June, 1906, and commissioned in August, 1911. She spent most of her early career in the Mediterranean, and spent World War I either on blockade duty against an Austro-Hungarian breakout from the Adriatic, or in the eastern Med against Ottoman incursions there. Waldeck-Rousseau landed troops to seize the Greek island of Corfu on 10 January, 1916, which was her last, and only major, action of the War. She continued patrols, and was dispatched to the Black Sea during the Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War, and became the flagship of the French Far East Squadron in June, 1929. Waldeck-Rousseau remained on station there until May, 1932, returning to France and decommissioning shortly after. She was hulked in 1936, and scrapped between 1941 and '43.