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France's Joffre Class aircraft carrier

Design

The 1938 Program ordered the Joffre class aircraft carriers based on lengthy studies of British designs.

Flight Deck

There were two elevators installed in the flight deck. To help stop landing aircraft there were nine arrestor wires.

hangars

There were two hangars, one on top of the other. The upper hangar was 640' x 68' x 16' 6" and the lower 260' x 50' x 14' 6".

Superstructure

The large superstructure was on the starboard side. The upper hangar was to the port side to help balance the ship. There was a single funnel.

Ships

Joffre

  • Manufacturer: A C de St-Nazaire-Penhoët, Ateliers et Chantiers de St-Nazaire-Penhoët
  • November 26, 1938: Laid down.
  • June 1940: Abandoned.

Painlevé

  • Manufacturer: A C de St-Nazaire-Penhoët, Ateliers et Chantiers de St-Nazaire-Penhoët
  • November 26, 1939: Laid down.
  • Cancelled.

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  • April 1940: Ordered.
  • Cancelled.

Specifications

  Joffre Class
Crew 1,250, 1,251
Displacement 18,000 tons
Displacement - Loaded 20,000 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 774' 3"
236 m
Length - Water Line 748'
228 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 748'
228 m
Beam 80' 9", 82'
24.6 m, 25 m
Draft / Height 21' 8"
6.6 m
Flight Deck 656' 2" x 91' 10", 656' 3" x 91' 9"
200 m x 28 m
Performance  
Speed 32 knots, 33 knots
Range at 20 knots 7,800 nautical miles
Range at 33 knots 3,000 nautical miles
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 5.1" L/45 twin turrets, 5.1" L/45 Mod 35 twin mounts: 4
37 mm, 37 mm twin mounts: 4, 8
13.2 mm, 13.2 mm quad mounts: 6, 28
Aircraft 40
Fighters: 15
Torpedo Bombers: 25
Armor  
Longitudinal Bulkheads 1" - 1.75"
Main Belt 4"
Main Deck - Magazine 1.5" - 2.75"
Engines  
Boilers Indret: 8
Shafts 4
Turbines Parsons geared
HP 120,000, 125,000
Oil  

Sources:

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  2. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site