Neuve de Julio (CV-1939)


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Hulls number four and six (with eight and nine) of the Santa Cruz class were earmarked to be built as aircraft carriers. The two ships were named for Argentinian National Days, Veintisiete Noviembre and Neuve de Julio. In the ten years of running the 25 de Mayo, the Argentinians had learnt a lot about what their next aircraft carriers should have.

The Neuve de Julio was supposed to be lead ship of a four ship class but the other 2 were cancelled as funds ran out. Being of a purpose built aircraft carrier when compared to the 25 de Mayo, the Neuve de Julio carried more aircraft on a ship of smaller size. The aircraft were the latest naval aircraft designs being produced by Argentina from designs purchased from the Germanic States.

 Above - JU87-C basic carrier borne dive-bomber. Below JU87-E torpedo bomber with extra hard points and uprated engine.


Displacement 28,500 tons std, 34,400 full load
Length 737 ft
Breadth 98 ft (hull) 122 ft flight deck
Draught 27.5 ft
Machinery 2 shaft Steam Turbines 130,000shp
Speed 31 knots
Range 8000 miles at 18 knots
Armour 88mm belt, 88mm side, 100mm magazines
Armament 16 x 88mm/L56-36 (8x2)

32 x 37mm (16x2)

24 x 20mm (5x4, 4x1)

Aircraft 56
Torpedoes nil
Complement 1740
Notes Neuve de Julio

Veintisiete Noviembre


Previous drawing of Neuve de Julio type aircraft carrier.

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