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  • FR Clemenceau class

    Aircraft Carrier



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    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


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        Typical Max
    FR French Navy SA SE3210 Super Frelon 20
    FR French Navy SNIA Alouette III 20
    BR Brazilian Navy Agusta ASH-3D 40
    BR Brazilian Navy EC HB350BA Esquilo 30
    BR Brazilian Navy SNIA HB355F2 Esquilo 30
    BR Brazilian Navy SNIA AS332F1 Super Puma 20

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

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    FRFrench NavyR98ClemenceauU19611997
    FRFrench NavyR99FochFBQA - F19632000
    BR Brazilian Navy A12 NAeL Sao Paulo 20012018

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    1954-may-28OrderedFR R98 Clemenceau
    1955-novLaid downFR R98 Clemenceau
    1957-nov-15Laid downFR R99 Foch
    1957-dec-21LaunchedFR R98 Clemenceau
    1960-jul-28LaunchedFR R99 Foch
    1961-nov-22CommissionedFR R98 Clemenceau
    1963-jul-15CommissionedFR R99 Foch
    1968-mar-8DeploymentFR 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 VisitFR R99 Foch visited Southampton Docks, until 21 Nov.
    1977-jul-13RefitFR R98 Clemenceau Major refit, for Super Etendard and tactical nuclear operations, until Nov 1978
    1983-sep-22DeploymentFR 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-octDeploymentFR 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-3RefitFR R98 Clemenceau Refit until Jan 1987
    1987-jul-30DeploymentFR 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-5Port VisitFR R98 Clemenceau visited Djibouti, with her Carrier Group.
    1988RefitFR R98 Clemenceau Refit until 1989
    1992RefitFR R99 Foch until 1993, to fit ski-jump
    1993RefitFR R98 Clemenceau Refit during 1993
    1995RefitFR R99 Foch modifications until 1997, to enable Rafale-M operations
    1997-oct-1DecommissionedFR R98 Clemenceau
    1999-jan-26DeploymentFR 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-15DecommissionedFR R99 Foch and sold to Brazilian Navy
    2000-nov-15CommissionedBR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo in Brest
    2000-nov-15RefitBR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo until Jan 2001 in Brest (FR): refit for Brazilian service
    2001FR R98 Clemenceau plan to sink the carrier as an artificial reef abandoned
    2003FR R98 Clemenceau sold for scrap to Spanish breaker, with asbestos due to be removed in Gijon
    2003-novFR 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
    2004BR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo steam catapult exploded causing damage and casualties
    2005RefitBR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo major refit at Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro, until Jul 2009
    2005-dec-31FR R98 Clemenceau departed Toulon for Alang, India for scrapping.
    2006-jan-15FR R98 Clemenceau Egyptian Government removed environmental objections (asbestos) to passage through Suez Canal
    2006-feb-15FR 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-1FR 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-febFR R98 Clemenceau Q790 arrived in Hartlepool for scrapping
    2009-nov-18Fate: scrappedFR R98 Clemenceau Scrapping commenced in Hartlepool, completed by end of 2010
    2012-febBR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo propulsion problems and fire during sea trials
    2013AircraftBR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo while alongside in port, hosted deck landing training by HS-1 new MH-16.
    2018-decDecommissionedBR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo withdrawn from the fleet.
    2021Fate: scrappedBR A12 NAeL Sao Paulo sold for scrapping.

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