Set - Rarity - Number
First Strike - N/A - 6/72
Commandant Teste was a large seaplane tender of the French Navy (French: Marine Nationale) built before World War II. She was designed to be as large as possible without counting against the Washington Treaty limits. During the Spanish Civil War, she protected neutral merchant shipping and played a limited role during World War II as she spent the early part of the war in North African waters or acting as an aviation transport between France and North Africa. She was slightly damaged during the British bombardment of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kébir in July 1940. Commandant Teste was scuttled at Toulon when the Germans invaded Vichy France in November 1942, but was refloated after the war and considered for conversion to an escort or training carrier. Neither proposal was accepted and she was sold for scrap in 1950.
Vergilius Powergaming Evaluation:
An Auxiliary similar to the Chitose. Two seaplane detachments, though with slightly different stats than the Japanese version. I’ve never been particularly impressed with the Chitose, though some use it to offer better placement chances to a Japanese air swarm. Theoretically, that is now a possibility with France as well. Within the TP deck, their Late 298 can be positioned for an air swarm, and they could always use their land base to bring a lot of cheap bombers. The Commandant Teste has slightly better stats than the Chitose, and thus is slightly more expensive, but is a solid addition to the French navy. It may or may not be useful for more typical power gamers, and may see a larger role in specific scenarios or among historical players. Overall grade: B.