Aircraft Carriers

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French Aircraft Carriers.  List of all French aircraft carriers, helicopter carriers and air training vessels from 1913 to the present, including photos and details of service.

Foudre Converted to seaplane carrier 1913. Stricken 1st December 1921

French Sea Plane tender Foudre with a Nieuport Floatplane  (thanks to Carl for text )

Foudre was launched 20th October 1895 and completed as a Torpedo Boat tender in 1896. becoming a repair ship in 1907. In 1910 it became a minelayer and following year changes use to a Seaplane depot ship. In 1913 converted to a seaplane carrier. During World War One Foudre was used as a submarine tender and seaplane transport. and after the war becoming a School Ship. Finally scrapped in 1921 

 
Campinas Converted to seaplane carrier 1915. Returned to liner service 1919?
 
Nord Converted to seaplane carrier 1916 Returned to civil use 1919
 
Pas-de-Calais Converted to Seaplane carrier 1916 Returned to civil use 1919
 
Rouen Converted to seaplane carrier 1917 Returned to civil use 1919
 
Bearn April 1920 Sold for breaking 21st March 1967

French Aircraft Carrier Bearn. Photo supplied by Jean Pierre Faucon

Aircraft Carrier Bearn.    Sent in by Terence Malone.     (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

Bearn.

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Bearn pictured c.1930 off Toulon. Former battleship converted to carrier in 1923-27. 

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Bearn

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Bearn

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Commandant Teste 12th April 1929 Broken up 1950

Seaplane Tender Commandant Teste.  Photo supplied by Jean Pierre Faucon

Built by FC de la Gurande.  Launched 12th April 1929.  Completed .  At the beginning of WWII the ship carried one squadron of torpedo carrying Latecroere 298 floatplanes and one squadron of Loire-Nieuport 130 flying boats.  She was at Mers-el-Kebir during the British attack but was not damaged but later was scuttled at Toulon to avoid capture by the Germans.  She was raised in 1946 with the view of becoming a training carrier but this was cancelled and she was used as a store ship until being sold 15th May 1950.  Speed 20.5 knots. Complement 686. Armament: twelve 3.9in AA guns. Eight 37mm AA guns and twelve 13.2mm AA guns plus 26 aircraft.

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Commandant Teste

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Dixmude (ex - British Biter) Transferred April 1945 Broken up 1966.

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Dixmude

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Dixmude. escort Aircraft Carrier. Photo sent in by Jean Claude Girault

The US-built British escort carrier Biter was transferred to the British Navy as the Dixmude in 1945.  She saw action in Indo-China in 1946-48.  After harbour service she was returned to the US Navy in 1966 for disposal.

 
Arromanches (ex - British Colossus) Transferred August 1946 Paid off 1974

Aircraft Carrier Arromanches.  Photo supplied by Jean Pierre Faucon

Ex British Colossus class carrier Colossus.  Acquired in 1946. Stricken 1974

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Arromanches

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Ex - US Independence Class

Lafayette (ex - US Langley) Acquired 1950 Returned 1963

Aircraft Carrier Lafayette. Photo supplied by Jean Pierre Faucon

Ex US Langley. Acquired in 1950 and returned to the US in 1963

Bois Belleau (ex - US Belleau Wood) Acquired September 1953 Returned 1960

Aircraft Carrier Bois Belleau. Photo supplied by Jean Pierre Faucon

Ex US Belleau Wood. Acquired in September 1953 and returned to the US in 1960

Clemenceau Class

Clemenceau (R98) 21st December 1957 Decommissioned 1st October 1997

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Clemenceau

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Foch (R99) 28th July 1960 To Brazil as Sao Paulo 2000

The ship to the left of the photograph is Italian guided missile cruiser / light aircraft carrier Vittorio Venito (C550).  The French aircraft carrier to the right is either Foch (R99) or Clemenceau (R98)  ---  Thanks to Carl Proctor.

 

Jeanne D'Arc 30th September 1961 In service

D640 Montcalm and R97 Jeanne D'Arc at Malta, April 2002.

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R97 Jeanne D'Arc at Malta, April 2002.

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R97 Jeanne D'Arc at Malta, April 2002.

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Puma helicopters on board Jeanne D'Arc at Malta.

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Puma helicopters on board Jeanne D'Arc at Malta.

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Charles De Gaulle (R91) 14th April 1994 In service

Charles de Gaulle at the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, June 2005.

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Charles de Gaulle at the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, June 2005.

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Charles de Gaulle at the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, June 2005.

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Charles de Gaulle at the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, June 2005.

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Charles De Gaulle at the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, June 2005.

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Mistral Class Helicopter Carriers

Mistral 6th October 2004 -
Tonnerre - -