French Aircraft carrier Clemenceau (R 98)

Clemenceau (R 98) was the lead ship of her class, and the eighth aircraft carrier of the French Navy, serving from 1961 to 1997. The Clemenceau completed a number of deployments including combat missions in the Sea of Oman and the eastern Mediterranean. 
Development of Clemenceau represented the successful effort by France to produce its own class of multi-role carriers to replace American and British ships which were provided at the end of World War II. Built at the shipyard in Brest, the ships of the Clemenceau class were a small but effective design, using elements of United States aircraft carrier design, but to a smaller scale. The vessels were given relatively heavy gun armament for their size, and some stability problems were encountered which required bulging the hull. 

Country Name Origin Year
France 1957
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1961 1997 View

Laid down: November 1955

Displacement: 32,700 tons full load

Length: 238 m

Beam: 31.7 m

Draught: 8.6 m

Propulsion: 6 x Indret boilers 

4 x steam turbines 

126,000 shp

Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)

Capacity: 582 air group personnel

Complement: 1,338

Sensors and processing systems: 1 x DRBV-23B air sentry radar

1 x DRBV-50 low altitude or surface sentry radar (later replaced by a DRBV-15) 

1 x NRBA-50 approach radar 

2 x DRBI-10 tri-dimensional air sentry radar 

Multiple DRBN-34 navigation radars 

Multiple DRBC-31 fire direction radars (later replaced by DRBC-32C radars)

Armament: 8 x 100 mm turrets (originally); in the 1990s, 4 were replaced by 2 SACP Crotale EDIR systems, with 52 missiles; 5 12.7 mm machine guns

Aircraft carried: 40 total aircraft: 

15 Super Etendard 

4 Etendard IVP 

8 F-8E(FN) Crusader 

8 Alize 

2 Dauphin Pedro 

2 Super Frelon

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