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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

AIRCRAFT CARRYING SHIPS

MALTA fleet aircraft carriers

Malta

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Malta   624 John Brown, Clydebank --- --- --- cancelled 1/1946
Gibraltar   82 Vickers-Armstrong, Tyne --- --- --- cancelled 10/1945
New Zealand   1304 Harland & Wolff, Belfast --- --- --- cancelled 1/1946
Africa   722 Fairfield, Govan --- --- --- cancelled 10/1945

 

Displacement standard, t

46900

Displacement full, t

56800

Length, m

249.9 pp 279.3 oa

Breadth, m

35.4 wl 41.5 fd

Draught, m

10.5 deep load

No of shafts

4

Machinery

4 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

200000

Max speed, kts

32.5

Fuel, t

about 7500 oil

Endurance, nm(kts) ?

Armour, mm

belt and bulkheads: 114 - 38, flight deck: 25

Armament

8 x 2 - 114/45 QF Mk V, 8 x 6 - 40/56 Bofors Mk X, 7 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III, 81 aircraft (Seafire, Firefly, Sea Hornet, Sea Fury fighters, Barracuda, Firebrand torpedo bombers)

Sensors

radars

Complement 2780/3535

Aircraft facilities (fd - 10,251m², ha - 5,300m² / 28,090m³): Flight deck: 247x41.5m. Hangar was 5.3m in height and had useful area 5300m2. There were 2 centreline lifts (13.6t, 16.5x14m) and 2 deck edge lifts (13.6t, 17.1x10.7m). There were 2 catapults BH-V (13.6t plane was launched at 139km/h).

Ship project history: Malta and New Zealand were estimated for completion in 1950-1951. Ships would had open hangars, unprotected flight deck designed as superstructure.

Protection: There was an armoured hangar deck, magazines and steering gear had up to 152mm local protection. Underwater protection was a modification of previous designs, was 6.4m deep and can resist to explosion of 908kg TNT.

Many thanks for Borys Estrin for additional information.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14