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Hey, the French built a big gun “heavy cruiser” submarine in 1929?

Not all innovations are good innovations.



I didn’t know this until I saw it mentioned the other day in an e-mail: In 1929, the French built a “heavy cruiser” submarine, the Surcouf, that carried twin 8-inch guns, and also an aircraft. At the time it was the biggest submarine ever launched, some 361 feet long.

Like we was saying, not all innovations are good innovations.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at @tomricks1

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