The French Navy, officially the Marine nationale ("National Navy") is the maritime arm of the French Military. Although the history of the French Navy goes back to the Middle Ages, its history can be said to effectively begin with Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu under Louis XIII. Its motto is Honneur, Patrie, Valeur, Discipline ("Honour, Fatherland, Valour, Discipline") and these words are found on the deck of every ship in the fleet.
After the war, the French Navy was reduced in strength. Many sailors in the Navy regretted their war with the US, wishing only to focus on the Germans. With the rise to power of monarchist party Action Francaise, the French Navy underwent rearmament and when the Second Great War erupted, joined the Royal Navy in the fight against Germany.
The fate and condition of the French Navy at war's end is unknown.
After the Second World War broke out in 1938, many soldiers in the Spanish Republican army were frustrated with the French Navy's inability to prevent the flow of arms and supplies from the Germans through Italy and into Spain to the Nationalists.