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JOFFRE aircraft carriers

Joffre

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Joffre   A C de St-Nazaire, Penhoët 26/11/1938 --- --- BU on the stocks 6/1940
Painlevé   A C de St-Nazaire, Penhoët --- --- --- cancelled 6/1940

 

Displacement standard, t

18000

Displacement full, t

20000

Length, m

228.0 pp 236.0 oa

Breadth, m

24.6 wl 34.5 fd

Draught, m

6.60

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 8 Indret boilers

Power, h. p.

125000

Max speed, kts

33

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armour, mm

main belt: 105, main deck: 70 - 37, torpedo bulkhead: 45 - 25

Armament

4 x 2 - 130/45 M1932, 4 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 7 x 4 - 13.2/76, 40 aircraft

Complement

1251

Aircraft facilities (fd - 5,600m², ha - 5,292m² / 25,716m³): Flight deck: 200.0x28.0m. Upper hangar: 195x20.8x5.0m, lower hangar: 79.2x15.6x4.4m. There were 2 lifts and no catapults.

     

Year fighters torpedo bombers
(as planned) 15 25

Ship project history: Building of two aircraft carriers was provided by the 1938 program.

Ship had two hangars, flight deck was shifted to a port side and was equipped with two elevators and nine arrested gears. Basing of 15 fighters and 25 torpedo bombers was supposed. It is interesting to mark, that torpedo bombers should be twin-engined. Length of flight deck was insufficient  and island superstructure was disproportionate massive and long.

To beginning of war Joffre was ready on 25% and later broken up on a slipway. The second ship (Painlevé) was only ordered but never begun.

Ship protection: 105mm main belt protected machinery spaces, magazines and petrol tanks, 37mm main deck was connected with its upper edge. Thickness of main deck increased to 70mm over magazines.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14