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Graf-Zeppelin-2

Name: Graf Zeppelin Namesake: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin Ordered: 16 November 1935 Laid down: 28 December 1936 Launched: 8 December 1938 Fate: Sunk as a target ship on 16 August 1947 General characteristics Displacement: 33,550 tonnes Length: 262.5 m (861 ft 3 in) Beam: 31.5 m (103 ft 4 in) Draft: 7.6 m (24 ft 11 in) Propulsion: Geared turbines, 200,000 WPS (147,000 kW), four screws Speed: 35 kn (65 km/h) Range: 14,816 km (8,000 nmi) at 19 kn (35 km/h) Complement: 1,720 crew 306 flight personnel Armament: 16 × 15 cm SK C/28 guns 12 × Flak (10.5 cm) 22 × 3.7 cm SK C/30 (AA) 28 × Flak (2.0 cm) Aircraft carried: Proposed complement of 42[1] 1930 proposal: 30 fighters & 12 dive bombers 1939 proposal: 12 fighters & 30 dive bombers[1] See main article for details of proposed aircraft types. German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin was the lead ship in a class of two carriers ordered by the Kriegsmarine. She was the only aircraft carrier launched by Germany during World War II and represented part of the Kriegsmarine's attempt to create a well-balanced oceangoing fleet, capable of projecting German naval power far beyond the narrow confines of the Baltic and North Seas. Construction was ordered on 16 November 1935 and her keel was laid down on 28 December 1936 by Deutsche Werke at Kiel. Named in honor of Graf (Count) Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the ship was launched on 8 December 1938 but was not completed and was never operational.

Graf-Zeppelin-2
johnbr, Feb 22, 2012
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