Arromanches (R 95)

The Arromanches (R 95) entered service with the French Navy in 1946. Formerly HMS Colossus (R15), she was decommissioned by the British Royal Navy and commissioned as the Arromanches in France. Arromanches participated in the First Indochina War in 1948 for three months. In 1951, France purchased the Arromanches. In 1956, aircraft from the Arromanches participated in the Suez Crisis. 
Arromanches was reconstructed with a four degree angled flight deck in 1957-58. During this time Arromanches was outfitted to become an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and training carrier. The overhaul allowed her to begin operating Breguet Alize ASW aircraft starting in 1959. In 1959 the carrier returned to Indochina, this time as a fully fledged French carrier. 

In 1968, Arromanches was fully converted to a helicopter ASW carrier, equipped with up to 24 helicopters. By then the ship was no longer designated as a training carrier. She was decommissioned in 1974 and broken up at Toulon in 1978. 
Country Name Origin Year
France 1946
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1946 1974 View
Commissioned: 1946
Decommissioned: 1974

Displacement: 13,600 tonnes

Length: 212 metres

Beam: 24.4 metres

Draught: 7.2 metres

Propulsion: Steam Turbines (4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, Parsons geared turbines)

Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)

Range: 12,000 nautical miles

Complement: 1,300

Aircraft carried: 48

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