The Arromanches-class aircraft carriers are class of warship in the Marine Nationale from the 1950s to the early 1990s. They are the first indigenous aircraft carriers built and operated by the French after World War II. However, all of them were small and increasingly incapable of operating modern aircraft, which were steadily increasing in size. In the 1960s, they were replaced by the much more capable Clemenceau-class aircraft carriers.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1952-1982
  • Characteristics:
    • Length (Waterline): 705 feet (216.41 meters)
    • Length (Overall): 745 feet (231.65 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 83 feet (25.3 meters)
    • Beam (Extreme): 118 feet 2 inches (36.02 meters)
    • Draft: 21 feet (6.71 meters)
    • Displacement: 16,250 tons (Standard); 20,000 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,802 (119 officers, 349 petty officers, 1,334 crew)
  • Propulsion: 8 x boilers, 2 x steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 105,000 shp (78,750 kW)
  • Range: 7,700 nautical miles (14,260 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 32 knots (59.26 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 16 x 100mm/55-caliber Model 1945 dual purpose naval guns (8x2)
    • 16 x 57mm/60-caliber Model 1951 dual purpose naval guns (8x2)
  • Aircraft Carried: Up to 45 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

  • MN Arromanches
  • MN Dixmude
  • MN Bois Belleau
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