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Graf Zeppelin

Aircraft Carrier

Graf Zeppelin Aircraft Carrier

Service Data

In Service: to 25 April 1945

Production Data

Ordered: 16 November 1935
Builder: Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel
Construction No: 252
Laid down: 28 December 1936
Launched: 8 December 1938

Technical Data

Type: Aircraft Carrier
Class: Flugzeugträger

Displacement: 23,200 tons standard 33,550 tons full load
Length: 262.5 m
Beam: 36.2 m
Draft: 8.5 m
Propulsion: 4 × shaft BBC geared turbines producing up to 200,000 shp
Propellers: 4 × screws German ships usually had three
Speed: 33.8 knots
Range: 8,000 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 1,760 men and officers, 306 flight personnel
16 × 15 cm L/55 SK C/28
12 × 10.5 cm L/65 SK C/33
carried 4,000 to 4,800 rounds
22 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 44,000 rounds
28 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 56,000 rounds
1 × 8.8 cm L/75 SK C/25 after 1941
Armour Belt 100 mm, Deck 60 mm,
Command Tower 15 cm
12 to 30 Junkers Ju 87D
10 × Messerschmitt Me 109T or Fieseler Fi 167
12 × Messerschmitt Me BF 109G
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Flugzeugträger B
Graf Zeppelin

Other: Aircraft Carriers



25 April 1945
The Graf Zeppelin was scuttled.

16 August 1947
The Graf Zeppelin was sunk by the Russians.



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