Clemenceau-class aircraft carrier

The Clemenceau-class aircraft carrier are a pair of aircraft carriers which served in the French Navy from 1961 through 2000, and of which one currently remains in active service with the Brazilian Navy as São Paulo. The Clemenceau class was France's first successful aircraft carrier design after World War II and was the backbone of the French Fleet for the duration of its forty years of service.

Clemenceau-class aircraft carrier
Class Ship
Type Aircraft Carrier
Manufacturer DCNS
Production Period 1955 - 1960
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1961
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1961 2009 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
DCNS 1955 1960 2 View

Ships in Class

Ship Builder Namesake Laid down Launched Commissioned Fate
Clemenceau Arsenal de Brest Georges Clemenceau November 1955 21 December 1957 2 November 1961 Broken up at Hartlepool, 2009
Foch Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire Maréchal Ferdinand Foch 15 November 1957 23 July 1960 15 July 1963 Sold to Brazilian Navy as São Paulo, November 2000

Builders: DCNS
Operators:  Marine Nationale
 Brazilian Navy
In commission: 22 November 1961
Completed: 2
Active: São Paulo (ex-Foch)
Retired: Clemenceau
General characteristics
Type: Aircraft carrier
Displacement: 22,000 standard; 32,780 maximum
Length: 265 m (869 ft)
Beam: 51.2 m (168 ft)
Draught: 8.6 m (28 ft)
Propulsion: 6 × boilers
4 × steam turbines
126,000 shp
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 7,500 miles
Armament: 8 × 100mm (now 4 × dual Simbad launchers and 5 × 12.7 mm machine guns in São Paulo)
Aircraft carried: 40
Aviation facilities: Angled flight deck for CATOBAR operations

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