Like many French ships, Primaguet had very high speed but minimal armor. She also had eight longrange 6.1" guns in four rather small turrets and a heavy torpedo battery of 12 21" torpedo tubes. The 6.1" guns' rate of fire was disappointingly low.
Primaguet was a very active member of the Vichy French fleet. Ultimately, she and and some French destroyers very ill-advisedly sortied to attack American warships in November 1942 and had to be beached from damage or were sunk.
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