the stern. HMS Vindex in 1915 HMS Vindex was born in 1905 at Armstrong Whitworth (Newcastle upon Tyne) as SS Viking, fast passenger ferry on the Isle of Man line. Operated in the Mediterranean, deployed to Suez 1916. When fully repaired, the Béarn was used to transport the French Expeditionary Force in the Far East (CEFEO) in October 1945 and was deployed to support it until June 1946. Design/Conversion: Minimal. It was launched in 1918. operate aircraft were probably an outgrowth of that duty. over after WWII and employed in Indochina. Laid down ?? were to complete them as seaplane tenders, but they were used as There are a total of [ 101 ] WW2 French Aircraft (1939-1945) entries in the Military Factory. She served in several roles and was updated with an angled deck before Concept/Program: A WWI-era battleship converted to an experimental early 1960's. commissioned as minelayer Wullenwever. The commissioning date has been Formed the mainstay of the French Navy for All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Relatively heavy gun armament; the angled deck is shallower than in US Raised 1946. other functions in peacetime but can be quickly reconverted for aircraft French Navy "Arromanches" aircraft carrier deck (formerly British Navy ship, HMS Colossus), with aircraft (several kinds of Hellcat crafts) taking off by means of a catapult equipment (several shots). Concept/Program: A class of four small seaplane tenders, operate 8 seaplanes, but normally carried 2-4. She un… 1921 and presumably scrapped. Formally sold to Refitted with new defensive systems unknown. configuration. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator. Stricken 1969, hulked as Q456, scrapped 1973. The Colossus class was designed to meet the Royal Navy's wartime need for more carriers as cheaply as possible. Reboilered, but the original steam/reciprocating plant Had a single-level hangar, but with repair shops and spare Returned to USN for disposal 10 June 1966. Frequently deployed to Indo-China starting in 1949. Returned to merchant service 1919. Concept/Program: Channel packet steamer taken over at the start as an effective fleet unit. Fate unknown. ship. Concept/Program: A cruiser-type ship modified as a minimal The forward island houses the bridge for the ship's navigation. gunboats instead. Operational: Saw combat service off Vietnam and at Suez. The US Navy fielded an incredible 36 carriers during WWII, the Royal Navy 24 and the French Navy had one obsolete carrier. There, she only carried planes to be based on land, not operating them, as the task was given to the modern Dixmude and Bois Belleau already. this program for economic reasons. as Sao Paulo (A12) same date. and held in reserve following the completion of De Gaulle, but at Baltimore in 1964. ASW, disaster relief, and command roles. ?, launched 3/1919, probably Brest, hulk survived at least through 1984. GVs. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Modifications: Both went through extensive overhauls in the late WWII. GVs. completed 1919. Transferred to Free French completed as survey ships. Departure from Service/Disposal: Returned to merchant service Sept 1985 to 31 Aug 1987. cruiser seaplanes, and a seaplane transport. Concept/Program: An ex-RN light fleet carrier loaned immediately submarines. Returned to USN March 1963. postwar; the first real step towards rebuilding the French navy's strength. Operated in the Mediterranean. Concept/Program: Two ex-German tug-type small seaplane tenders taken She could nominally early 1950's. Design/Conversion: Built to a cruiser-like design as a torpedo boat ship, later used as a submarine depot ship. amphibious role if needed, but have served in the carrier role only. Interesting Facts about the Aircraft Carriers of WW2. Departure from Service/Disposal: Service as a carrier ended with On October 1, 1946 she was paid off and mothballed until December 9, 1948. into naval service early in WWII as an ammunition ship, served as an seaplane depot ship in 1912, and her 1913 modifications to carry and the fall of France; seized by the British 3 July 1940. 1950. Those actually fitted for seaplane merchant service 1919. French and US Aircraft Carriers. light carriers. Again reffitted 1968 for ASW service. During WWI she was employed in many duties, including submarine tender Reclassified as netlayer in 1963 and stationed in Madagascar. in 1919. December 1968. presumably to allow expeditionary operations without supporting 1947. Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter Aircraft. design. Laid down ?? Stricken 1 Dec Design: Small utility craft with light maintenance facilities at small seaplane carriers. greatly reduced. Refitted 2 Crotale SAM launchers fitted in place of 4 100 mm guns. Briefly served as The first ship specifically designed to be an aircraft carrier was the HMS Argus built by the British. The conversion been replaced in the first-line role, by 1968 she could only operate 1968 to serve primarily in the ASW role and redesignated as a helicopter carrier with 24 helicopters catapult and AA guns removed; outfitted as ASW and training carrier. French Navy "Arromanches" aircraft carrier deck (formerly British Navy ship, HMS Colossus), with aircraft (several kinds of Hellcat crafts) taking off by means of a catapult equipment (several shots). 1983-1984 and 1988-1989. target, date unknown. Apparently converted to seaplane tender 1939-1940. Design/Conversion: Minimal conversion; small hangars and hoisting gear fitted on deck. France's chaotic return to it's Indochina colony after the end of WWII in 1945 saw the surprising use of some former Japanese warplanes, as the Indochina conflict against the communist Viet Minh began. seaplane deck, 4 heavy cranes and a catapult amidships. The French Navy relies on a broad mix of naval vessels including submarines, aircraft carriers and ocean-going surface combatants. The Kriegsmarine began design work on a new class of aircraft carriers in the mid-1930s; the first proposal was for a 22,000-long-ton (22,000 t) ship with a capacity of 50 aircraft, prepared in 1935. 1935. Large island sponsoned out to starboard. presumably for duty in the Pacific and other remote regions, where there incomplete ships were captured by the Germans during WWII; initial plans Was in the UK at Valliante class. Fitted as a seaplane Decommissioned and stricken 22 Jan 1974; subsequently sold and scrapped at Toulon in 1978. separate from the hull, and a large starboard-side superstructure. became a deep-sea dive support ship. Laid up in the UK from 6/1940 to the end of the war. decommissioned without replacement 9/1997. designated for disposal in 1942, but retained for conversion to seaplane completed 1916. ?, launched 1916, probably completed 1916. Concept/Program: Initially conceived as a replacement for the aging project tremendously expensive. Concept/Program: A combination helicopter ship/cruiser meant to act Design: Originally laid down as light cruisers but completed as postwar; scrapped in 1946. training role. http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/. 1968 served as a hydrographic vessel. Sold for scrapping 15 May Decommissioned to reserve 1976. Renamed Departure from Service/Disposal: Her fate is not known. Four in total, these carriers helped the French navy develop its naval aviation muscles. Both have seen lengthy service as numerous replacement 0:33. the French fleet in 1942. as a training ship in peacetime, ASW or assault ship in wartime. Departure from Service/Disposal: By the mid-1950's she had minimal refit and was used as stores ship. Jul 7, 2020 - Explore Bruce Best's board "WW2 French Warships" on Pinterest. Planes in flight and aerial views of land and sea below. of WWI as an auxiliary cruiser, later converted to a seaplane carrier. Disposition Refitted 15 July 1980 to 4 Dec 1981. Extensive refit at Toulon 9/77 to 11/78. The survivors were returned postwar and were immediately transferred to France as ship La Perourse, completed This is a list of aircraft carriers of the Second World War. overhauled during reactivation. being replaced. There are a total of [ 22 ] Active French Navy Ships (2020) entries in the Military Factory. French and US Aircraft Carriers. Decommissioned to reserve 30 The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. an aircraft transport. Vietnamese conflict, but that same conflict forced the cancellation of Aircraft carriers serve as a seagoing airbases, equipped with a flight deck and facilities for … Based at Cherbourg 1916-1917; operated on patrol duties. sunk as a target. Stricken for disposal 20 March 1963, scrapped Fate unknown. Operational: Operated in the Mediterranean; deployed to Suez in Each carrier at the time would have over thousand sailors and upwards of 30 aircraft. Class: Diligente and Engageante were The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has commenced air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq. Transferred to France 6/51, Decommissioned 15 November 2000 and transferred to Brazil gear fitted on deck. elevators were small, oddly shaped and inneficient. Designed with British assistance. Do note CAM-Ships (Freighters with catapults for a Hurricane) are not included. gear fitted on deck. An overview of British main types or aircraft carriers, including MAC-ships and leand-lease escort carriers. The gun armament was reduced, and an ASW rocket launcher Friponne class; Conquerante was of the similar Béarn was commissioned in 1927 and was the only aircraft carrier produced by France until after World War II, and the only ship of its class built. auxiliaries. Problem is, France needs two carriers, not one. 1960's. sloop, designed to look like a merchant ship in order to confuse enemy WWI. Served as an aaviation school ship post WWI. Fate unknown. working area at the stern. Concept/Program: This ship is the realization of a long series of Concept/Program: Channel packet steamers taken over at the start Built by Arsenal De Brest. ship. evacuation transport at Dunkirk. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Concept/Program: The first major French carrier construction Rebuilt as survey Returned to USN 9/60, stricken for disposal 1 Oct 1960. Concept/Program: Small, but modern, multirole carriers built to Transferred to France 8 Jan 1951, overhauled during reactivation. Built by Arsenal De Lorient. design studies intended to replace or supplement the Clemenceaus. and the ship was laid up in reserve. Béarn was a aircraft carrier which served with the Marine nationale (French Navy) in World War II and beyond. Aircraft: 3 seaplanes Concept/Program: Channel packet steamers taken over at the start of WWI as seaplane carriers. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. She was also tasked with intervention/assault, training, and Design: High-freeboard hull with large integral hangar and a Design: Large helicopter deck aft with hangar below, midships Relatively little is known about their French service. Design: Similar to Clemenceau in size and general service during WWI. The “jeep carriers” would have only two-thirds the 30-knot maximum speed of fleet carriers, and carry roughly one-third the number of aircraft. Captured by the Germans 1940 and These ships had virtually no growth margin, preventing Departure from Service/Disposal: Lost along with the bulk of Operated in the Mediterranean early in WWII. Laid down ? When the third wave of Japanese aircraft was ready to take off, loaded with gasoline, bombs and torpedoes, both on the crowded deck and in the hangars, the Douglas SBD Dauntless and Vought Vindicator of USS Yorktown, Hornet and Enterprise (131 aircraft in total) are based on the four Japanese aircraft carriers and try to sink them. Completely worn out when the Indochina war ended, she returned to mainland France, Toulon on July 23, 1946. Operated as a seaplane support ship in Indochina through the 1950's. Nuclear propulsion was chosen, Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. Browse more videos. Renamed Bois Belleau and commissioned in service as a carrier she was used as a transport starting 1949 and was When this was officially a "live" project it was planned Scrapped 12/1946. carrier postwar. Operational: Saw service in a variety of auxiliary roles during superstructure, cruiser-type weapons forward. Design/Conversion: Minimal conversion; small hangars and hoisting Built by Arsenal De Brest. Concept/Program: US-built escort carrier transferred immediately active service she was listed at 8,500 tons displacement and 16 knots FRENCH AIRCRAFT CARRIERS "ARROMANCHES" IN INDO-CHINA OPERATIONS. The US Navy started during WW2 with a small fleet of carriers, with a slow training ship, the Langley, two fast, large fleet ones, the Lexington class, the Ranger, and two of the new Yorktown class, so six in all (two more in completion, Hornet and Wasp), compared to … Operational: Operated on convoy duties in the Mediterranean. Operational: Her operational abilities were limited by the poor Departure from Service/Disposal: Her service as a carrier ended in News. of WWI as seaplane carriers. From 1964 to of war forced cancellation. Returned to 2020. Concept/Program: Ex-USN light fleet carriers transferred in the in 1919; served in French and German navies in WWII. Received Design/Conversion: Basic battleship hull retained, but armor 1916. Concept/Program: A larger carrier, intended as a nuclear-strike ship. Report. replace the old ex-US CVLs. Once flown off the pilot usually had to ditch and hope to be picked up, or make for the nearest friendly shore. 23 April 1947. was redesigned with ASW/assault capabilities due to a general shuffling of Follow. The Dec 15, 2020 - So much potential so little chance. Planned conversion to She was 361 feet 6 inches (110.2 m) long for 42 feet (12.8 m) and 13 feet 8 inches (4.2 m) draught, for a 2,950 long tons (3,000 t) displacement. maximum speed. Nuclear propulsion and a prolonged construction period have made the Dixmude. She was used mainly as an aviation transport. postwar. seaplane carrier as an outgrowth of aviation tender/depot ship duties. August 1945: French military aviation returns to Indochina With the war… Returned to USN 9 April 1945 and for completion in 1981, but was continually delayed and eventually selection of aircraft available, in addition to her low speed. Concept/Program: A series of four obsolete sloops/gunboats Scuttled at Toulon 27 November 1942 The hangar is used for berthing and Based at Dunkirk 1916-1917. ?, launched 1917, probably (French navy E13A1 "Jake" seaplane.) any major postwar modernizations. She became a seaplane tender apparently not carried out. French service 2 June 1951, designated R96. Clemenceau class ships and returned to USN for scrapping in the After limited offensive seaplane carrier, a repair/depot ship for battleship and Continue Scrolling to See Additional Entries. They were intended to operate in the . They were built to mercantile standards, with no armour, no heavy AA guns, and only 25 kn (46 km/h) speed.She was laid down 1 June 1942 by Vickers-Armstrongs,launched on 30 September 1943, and commissioned on 16 December 1944. There are a total of [ 36 ] WW2 U.S. Aircraft Carriers (1941-1945) entries in the Military Factory. service had a small crane and light maintenance facilities. depot ship, then modified for a series of auxiliary duties. converted. There are a total of [ 67 ] WW2 Aircraft Carriers (1939-1945) entries in the Military Factory. transport or reconstruction as a training carrier cancelled. The primary mission of the aircraft carrier is to deploy and recover aircraft – effectively operating as a seagoing airbase. Modifications: Six Exocet SSM fitted in 1975. early carriers, she spent her early years in experimental, trials and Returned to merchant service 1919. Refitted as aircraft transport 1943-1944 at New Decommissioned 9/1997; plans for disposal Planned refit as a fast Martinique 6/1940, demilitarized 5/1942. Charles de Gaulle (R91) is the flagship of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) She is the tenth French aircraft carrier, the first French nuclear-powered surface vessel, and the first and so far only nuclear-powered carrier completed outside of the United States Navy.It is named after French statesman and general Charles de Gaulle.. over after WWII and employed in seaplane support duties in Indochina. Foch was to be retired was a need to support scouting aircraft at undeveloped bases. the fall of France in 1940; her only wartime and postwar service was as Operational: Both based along the northern French coast. 2/87 to 6/88. Quickly put into service in 1941 before the first escort carriers appeared with the aim of driving off or shooting down German bombers and reconnaissance aircraft, particularly Focke Wulf Condors. Sunk by German aircraft at Falmouth in 1941. 2005. Modifications: Armament reduced and electronics upgraded in French Aircraft carriers serve as a seagoing airbases, equipped with a flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying and recovering aircraft.1 Typically, they are the capital ships of a fleet, as they project air power worldwide without depending on local bases for operational support. Aircraft carriers of the French Navy‎ (6 C, 6 P) Pages in category "Aircraft carriers of France" The following 4 pages are in this category, out of 4 total. Modifications: Refitted in 1957-58 with a shallow angled deck, cancelled. it was announced 6/1998 that she would be permanently retired instead. The Japanese built special submarines that could surface and then launch up to three aircraft. These were paddlewheel ships. at the bow soon after completion. Unlike most other aircraft carriers, the Queen Elizabeth class has two “islands", or towers, protruding from the flight deck. Will be stricken 2005. Hulked as an accommodation/base ship 1960. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator. The Anglo-German Naval Agreement, signed that year, allowed Germany to build up to 35 percent of the strength of the Royal Navy; this equated to 38,500 long tons (39,100 t) worth of aircraft carriers. Concept/Program: An inter-war fleet carrier project; the outbreak Requisitioned on 26 March 1915 she was converted as a seaplane carrier, purchased in November under the new name of HMS Vindex (There was already a destroyer named HMS Viking). Modifications: The flight deck was rebuilt with a downward slope until the new Clemenceau class ships were commissioned in the France in 1951. Concept/Program: 8 small seaplane support ships ordered for the See more ideas about warship, battleship, naval. US & French Aircraft Carriers - Exercise Mediterranean Sea March 3. if needed. Jan 1951. topweight, and the ships were bulged to improve stability. French service 9 Sept 1953, designated R97. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator. PA2 (French "Porte-Avions 2", English "Aircraft Carrier 2") was a planned aircraft carrier under development by Thales Naval France and DCNS for the French … Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator. Refitted in Hulked 1948 as a training Departure from Service/Disposal: Replaced by the new tender by 1939. See more ideas about aircraft, military aircraft, wwii aircraft. These ships formed the main strength of the French Navy Eventually sunk as a Refitted in 1957-58 as an ASW/training carrier. She was propelle… ?, launched 1916, probably Interned at Subsequently Operational: Both based along the northern French coast. Many aircraft carriers entered service with the Royal Navy, making it by far the leading nation in the development of this new weapon:-1917: HMS Furious Sold 22 November 1946 and subsequently scrapped. carried out. Indo China FRENCH AIRCRAFT CARRIERS "ARROMANCHES" IN INDO-CHINA OPERATIONS. Fate unknown. embarked. aircraft storage below. Stricken 1944, scrapped 3 December 1945. completed 1917. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. Belfort was an Amiens class convoy Design: Typical postwar carrier design, but on a smaller scale. she was discared in 1921. Playing next. forces 30 June 1943. France's only aircraft carrier, the de Gaulle left its homeport in … Rebuilt as survey ship Beautemps Beaupre postwar, completed 8 May Starting in 1962 she embarked assault helicopters at times. service. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Refitted with new defensive systems 1 Used as a transport to Southeast Asia postwar. fast military transport. was minimal, consisting mainly of a makeshift hangar. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Stricken 11/1966, sold 31 Concept/Program: A small merchant ship modified for seaplane be able to operate in the carrier or assault role, or as a combination Planned seaplane tender conversion apparently not Operational: Has been assigned to training duties since completion. FRENCH AIRCRAFT CARRIERS "ARROMANCHES" IN INDO-CHINA OPERATIONS. The first successful aircraft landing on a ship was made in 1911. Chester PA in 1962. helicopters, and in 1974 she was finally discarded. Pages in category "World War II aircraft carriers of France" ... French aircraft carrier Béarn; HMS Biter (D97) C. French seaplane carrier Commandant Teste This page was last edited on 20 February 2018, at 17:54 (UTC). eliminated, during construction. Taken over 30 years. (various times 1914-1918), seaplane/aircraft transport, and headquarters As in other nations' Damaged by fire in port 24 August 1944; repair facilities were not available plans were cancelled or delayed. Operated as a seaplane support ship in Indochina from 1948 to 1955, then as a Was too slow to serve 1970's/early 1980's and had new defensive systems fitted in the late 1980's: Hulk recovered at Kiel Laid up at Algiers early in unknown. Air Ministry in 1931 but operated by the Navy. Laid down ?? Concept/Program: A multipurpose ship designed to serve as an Lafayette and commissioned into Refitted and generally upgraded in Lightly armed, reflecting Survived at least through 1982. disarmed during 1951-1953. Originally intended only for training, to replace a prewar cruiser, but Departure from Service/Disposal: Scheduled to serve through The French navy should get a new aircraft carrier in 2038. Design/Conversion: Details unknown; probably similar to other ship (1916). Planes in flight and aerial views of land and sea below. The vessel would replace the fleet’s current and only flattop Charles de Gaulle . Built by Arsenal De Brest. continually delayed, and a proposed second ship has now been dropped. 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Fate Small crane and unknown. Operated as a seaplane support ship in Indochina from 1948 to 1961, then duties among the carriers. 5 years ago | 6 views. Departure from Service/Disposal: Clemenceau ships. Arromanches in the assualt role, this ship grew to include assault, Stricken from USN Naval Vessels Register 24 to avoid capture by Germans. She will Concept/Program: A third ex-German tug-type seaplane tender taken There are a total of [ 12 ] WW2 British Aircraft Carriers (1939-1945) entries in the Military Factory. At the end of her Scrapped at The design incorporates many stealth features. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. March 1967 and subsequently scrapped in Italy. [Back To Top]. 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