FAN Guynemer (CV-1928)


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As part of the Versailles Treaty and its aftermath, the French were awarded a lot of the excess German ships. This was because the French had had to devote so much of their industry to the land campaign that they had had no capacity to spare for their navies needs. The other reason for France receiving the most compensation is that it was their lands and people that had received the most damage from the war.

Part of the reparation package of ships received by France was two of the uncompleted Mackensen class battlecruisers. These two ships sat at Brest, after being towed their during 1919, through to 1921 when a decision was made to their fates. One was to follow the Bearn and be converted to a ship handling naval aviation while the other was to be completed as a battlecruiser with French 13.4" guns replacing the German 13.8" guns.

The Guynemer was named after the WW1 ace to keep alive the great names from the last war. Many facets of the Bearn were copied to the design of the Guynemer while other new features were also incorporated. The Gunemer being over 150 feet longer and a few feet wider than the Bearn allowed for an increase of capacity from 40 to 60 aircraft. Having been designed as a battlecruiser the Guynemer was also several knots faster than the Bearn. The 6" and 3" of the Bearn were replaced with an intermediate 5.1" of the same type used for the Bourasque class destroyers.


Displacement 31,500 tons std 39,800 tons full load
Length 817.5 ft
Breadth 102 ft
Draught 30.5 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 90,500shp
Speed 28 knots
Range 8000 miles at 15 knots (2,450 nm at 28 knots)
Armour 3.9" side, 3.9" deck
Armament 12 x 5.1 (12x1)

28 x 25mm (28x1)

Aircraft 60
Torpedoes nil
Complement 1725



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