FR Clemenceau class

Aircraft Carrier



32780full load (tn)
265length (m)
31.70beam (m)
8.60draught (m)
7500range (nm)
32max speed (knots)

1Naval Radar air search radar DRBV 23B
2Naval Radar fire direction radar DRBC 31
2Naval Radar fire direction radar DRBC 32
2Naval Radar height finding radar DRBI 10
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar DRBV50
1Sonar hull mounted and towed sonar AN/SQS-505


FR Chantiers de l Atlantique - 1
FR DCNS - Brest - 1

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19611997FRFrench NavyR98Clemenceau U
19632000FRFrench NavyR99FochFBQA - F
20012018 BR Brazilian Navy A12 NAeL Sao Paulo

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1954-may-28OrderedOrdered FR R98 Clemenceau
1955-novLaid downLaid down FR R98 Clemenceau
1957-nov-15Laid downLaid down FR R99 Foch
1957-dec-21LaunchedLaunched FR R98 Clemenceau
1960-jul-28LaunchedLaunched FR R99 Foch
1961-nov-22CommissionedCommissioned FR R98 Clemenceau
1963-jul-15CommissionedCommissioned FR R99 Foch
1968-mar-08DeploymentDeployment FR R98 Clemenceau embarked Super Frelon 101, 102, 105, & 106 of 20S for a Pacific and French Polynesian deployment. The Super Frelon were disembarked to Hao in May.
1974-nov-18Port VisitPort Visit FR R99 Foch visited Southampton Docks, until 21 Nov.
1977-jul-13RefitRefit FR R98 Clemenceau Major refit, for Super Etendard and tactical nuclear operations, until Nov 1978
1983-sep-22DeploymentDeployment FR R99 Foch Operation Offcut launched air raids on Syrian positions at Dahr al Baydar and Ain Dara to the south east of Beirut. Remained on station until relieved by FS Clemenceau in Oct 1983.
1983-octDeploymentDeployment FR R98 Clemenceau Operation Offcut relieved FS Foch off Lebanon in Oct 1983, as part of the Multi-National Force peacekeepers, until Feb 1984.
1985-sep-03RefitRefit FR R98 Clemenceau Refit until Jan 1987
1987-jul-30DeploymentDeployment FR R98 Clemenceau Operation Prometheus departed for Arabian Sea until c Sep 1988, escorted by FNS Duquesne and FNS Suffren and supported by FNS Meuse.
1987-sep-05Port VisitPort Visit FR R98 Clemenceau visited Djibouti, with her Carrier Group.
1988RefitRefit FR R98 Clemenceau Refit until 1989
1992RefitRefit FR R99 Foch until 1993, to fit ski-jump
1993RefitRefit FR R98 Clemenceau Refit during 1993
1995RefitRefit FR R99 Foch modifications until 1997, to enable Rafale-M operations
1997-oct-01DecommissionedDecommissioned FR R98 Clemenceau
1999-jan-26DeploymentDeployment FR R99 Foch KFOR (kosovo force) Operation Trident deployment. Led TF470 to the Adriatic to support French components of KFOR and NATO operations in Kosovo, until 3 Jun. Carrier Group TF470 included HMS Somerset and HMS Grafton.
2000-nov-15DecommissionedDecommissioned FR R99 Foch and sold to Brazilian Navy
2000-nov-15CommissionedCommissioned BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo in Brest
2000-nov-15RefitRefit BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo until Jan 2001 in Brest (FR): refit for Brazilian service
2001 FR R98 Clemenceau plan to sink the carrier as an artificial reef abandoned
2003 FR R98 Clemenceau sold for scrap to Spanish breaker, with asbestos due to be removed in Gijon
2003-nov FR R98 Clemenceau renamed anonymously as Q790 and left for Turkey (in contravention of sales agreement re removal of asbestos) and was intercepted by French Navy and returned to port
2004 BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo steam catapult exploded causing damage and casualties
2005RefitRefit BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo major refit at Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro, until Jul 2009
2005-dec-31 FR R98 Clemenceau departed Toulon for Alang, India for scrapping.
2006-jan-15 FR R98 Clemenceau Egyptian Government removed environmental objections (asbestos) to passage through Suez Canal
2006-feb-15 FR R98 Clemenceau French Supreme Court suspended the transfer of ownership pending a review and ship returned to Toulon via Cape of Good Hope
2008-jul-01 FR R98 Clemenceau After intervention by Indian Supreme Court rejecting the scrapping at Alang, French Government announced she was to be scrapped at Graythorp, Hartlepool by Able UK.
2009-feb FR R98 Clemenceau Q790 arrived in Hartlepool for scrapping
2009-nov-18Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped FR R98 Clemenceau Scrapping commenced in Hartlepool, completed by end of 2010
2012-feb BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo propulsion problems and fire during sea trials
2013AircraftAircraft BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo while alongside in port, hosted deck landing training by HS-1 new MH-16.
2018-decDecommissionedDecommissioned BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo withdrawn from the fleet.
2021Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo sold for scrapping.

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