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Pictures of Colbert awaiting her fate

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For those of you who don't know Colbert was indeed a very real ship (We've had more than one clueless post that seem to think she's a paper design). She served the navy from 1956 to '91 when the demise of a certain nation resulted in defense budgets being slashed. In any case Colbert became a museum in '93. However she was given no money from the government, which is a death sentence for a museum in France thanks to pricing laws (you can't charge for anyone under the age of 18 and everyone between 19 and 26 gets an extreme "student" discount). The ship ran out of money and we reposed by the Navy in 2007 and  placed into reserve to await removal of useful systems. It was then that an enterprising photographer (Pierre Henry Muller) swam aboard in and snapped these cool (and sad) photos. 

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She was moored alongside two amaller

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The missile sitting there might be alarming but its likely it was intended for display purposes and isn't live.

Colbert was of course built for Anti-Aircraft defense. However she was soon converted  to a missile cruiser with a modest gun armament. She would only escort a French carrier during the last year of her service life and never fire in anger. However, she was considered an important ship and played a key role in many French postwar affairs.

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Charles De Gaul's suit.

Charles De Gaul frequently used to cruiser to travel to/host diplomatic visits. His wife Yvonne was responsible for much of the interior decoration of the ship. On a French Warship, is this is almost important as the combat efficiency. On Colbert it was particularly important as she was the equivalent of the royal yacht as much as she was a cruiser.

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This high ranking officers room may not look like much now but imagine the privilege this would on active combat vessel.

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The onboard boulangerie

The French would not accept somebody saying that they had built an unlivable vessel. Crew accommodations were generally generous for their era with the onboard bakery being described as top notch even by Colbet's civilian guests.

 

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Equipment glowing with the magic of photography.

Of course was still a combat vessel with all the hardware you would expect ti find. There was a few efforts the save Colbert again but those didn't really go anwhere and she was dismantled in 2016. She would later be followed by the French helicopter cruiser Jeanne d'Arc, signalling the end of French cruises.

 

Not the most light hearted subject but It's interesting seeing what these ships look after a few years of neglect.

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25 minutes ago, JohnPJones said:

do you happen to know what happened to the photographer after the photos were released?

 

Well he's still posting photos to his website.

I can't imagine that navy would pursue a case of breaking and entering like this, since any sensitive equipment had been removed for her museum conversion.

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32 minutes ago, Wows_Nightly_News said:

Well he's still posting photos to his website.

I can't imagine that navy would pursue a case of breaking and entering like this, since any sensitive equipment had been removed for her museum conversion.

...someone broke into a ‘secure ‘ facility and galavanted around on a ship owned by the navy...

its not about sensitive information or equipment, it’s about government having show everyone else who the boss is...

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