Type: Cruiser: propulsion: 2 × CEM-Parsons turbines, 2 shafts, Speed: 31 knots (36 mph; 57 km/h), Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 25 kn (29 mph; 46 km/h)
Complement: Originally :70 officers, 19 chief masters, 52 masters, 108 aid masters, 748 quartermasters and sailors, 2,400 men, After conversion to Missile cruiser: 25 officers, 208 petty officers, 329 quarter-masters and sailors 500 men.
Armament: As built :16 × 127 mm AA guns,20 × 57 mm mod 51 guns, As Missile cruiser :4 × MM-38 Exocet systems, 1 Masurca system, 2 × 100 mm AA guns
12 × 57 mm mod 51 guns, 2 × 12.7 mm AA. Aircraft carried: 1 helicopter.



Built too late, after the cruiser's time as the main arbiter of naval warfare had passed, Colbert was superseded at the end of the 1960s by a new generation of ships better adapted to new threats. Her big-gun-based armament had become obsolete and inefficient against supersonic attack aircraft and thus between 1970 and 1972 she underwent extensive modifications in Brest to become a missile cruiser, with a double ramp of Masurca surface-to-air missiles. She once again became flagship for the Mediterranean squadron from 1976, but her duties from then on were mainly humanitarian or representative - Agadir in 1960 and the evacuation of Bizerte in 1961. She gained a reputation within the French Navy as a ship that had never fired a single shot in anger, with her only ever active service being in the 1991 Gulf War (operation "Salamandre") a few months before she was decommissioned on 24 May that year.



She was towed on 31 May 2007 (the date that the concession to the "Friends" ran out) to join the mothball fleet in Landevennec. Due to major technological similarities, the Navy cannibalized parts from her from time to time (mainly from the boilers and turbines) to maintain the helicopter-carrier Jeanne d'Arc, with the decommissioning of Jeanne d'Arc in September 2010 Colbert was free to be dismantled. On 5 June 2016 Colbert arrived under tow at Bassens, River Gironde for decontamination and demolition. 



Above info courtesy of Wikipedia and Vernon!!