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Bearn (R99)
French aircraft carrier Unique Aircraft carrier

History

 
Photo from:/www.mikekemble.com/ww2/treachery
Name: Bearn
Class: Unique aircraft carrier
Ordered:
Builder: La Seyne
Laid down:10 January 1914
Launched: April 1920
Commissioned: May 1927
Decommissioned:
Complement: 825
Displacement: 22,146 tons (standard)
28,400 tons (loaded)
Length: 182.6 metres (overall)
Beam: 35.2 metres
Draft: 9.3 metres
Propulsion:
2-shaft Parsons geared turbines, 2-shaft reciprocating, 36,200 shp
Speed: 21.5 knots
Camouflage: See photo
Fate: Scrapped in Italy in 1967.
Navy site:
http://www.defense.gouv.fr/marine_uk
Sources for this site:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_carrier
www.netmarine.net/bat/porteavi/foch
http://uncleted.jinak.cz/ADC_fra.htm#aeromarine
Web site's with more information:
www.netmarine.net/bat/porteavi/foch
The French Navy turned a battleship under construction at the end of WW1 into an aircraft carrier - Béarn.
Béarn operated throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. As France did not use its fleets for power projection, little development of carrier aircraft occurred until the late 1930s.
France even began to build two modern aircraft carriers. Still, Béarn seldom carried her whole air wing at once. In the event, in 1939, the second carrier was still on the ways, and Béarn was declared too slow to serve in combat with the fleet, her early to mid-30's aircraft retired to the beach, and her squadorns rearmed with more modern aircraft. Béarn became an aircraft ferry, bringing aircraft mosty assembled form the USA until the fall of France, which caught her in Martinique.
 
Aircraft carried Loire Nieuport LN-411?

Photo from
http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/b/872/21/0/3


Design Jean Noël
Armament:

Eight 6.1" Anti-Aircraft guns
Six 3" Anti-Aircraft guns
Eight 1.5" Anti-Aircraft guns
Sixteen .528" Anti-Aircraft Guns
Four 21.7 inch torpedo tubes

 
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