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May 30, 2007



I'm a little confused. The ship class is named "Barracuda"...but none of the ships are actually named "Barracuda".

On the other hand, you have to hand it to the French: naming ships after some of the more unpleasant aspects of your national history (such as leaders in colonial wars, or seagoing thieves) has fallen out of disfavor in most European countries. I wonder what the Brazilian Navy would think about it when the Dugay-Trouin comes to exercise with them.

Comte de Grasse is a nice gesture. The American de Grasse was a Spruance-class destroyer retired in '98.

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