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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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 2001--

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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
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
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
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.

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