Graf Zeppelin

 

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General Details
Name of the ship Graf Zeppelin (1938/39 layout) Graf Zeppelin (1942 layout)
Builder Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Builder's number 252
Contract placed 16. November 1935
Laid down 28. December 1936
Launched 8. December 1938
Commissioned Never
Disposition Sunk during resistance test by two torpedoes carried out by the Soviet navy at 18:08 on 18. August 1947. The wreck is located at about 55°48'N, 18°38'E some 55 kilometers (34 miles) outside the Polish harbor town of Władysławowo, near Gdańsk.
Displacement
Displacement 23.140 mt
 official standard 19.250 mt
 actual 23.200 mt ca. 24.500 mt
 construction 27.030 mt 28.090 mt
 operational 29.720 mt 33.550 mt
Dimensions and Construction Details
Length, overall 257,3 m (1938) and 262,5 m (1939) after reconstruction of the stem.
Length, waterline 250 m
Beam 27 m 31.5 m
Draft, at construction displacement 7,35 m
Draft, at operational displacement 7,6 m 8,5 m
Side height 22,5 m
Flight deck length 244 m
Flight deck maximum width 30 m
Flight deck height over waterline 15,6 m
Watertight compartments XIX (19)
Hangar, upper 185 m x 16 m x 5,9 m
Hangar, lower 172 m x 16 m x 5,7 m
Number of rudders 2
Propulsion
Shafts 4 (each shaft had a four bladed propeller with a diameter of 4,4 m)
Boilers 16 (La Mont, manufactured by Deutsche Werke, Kiel)
Turbines 4 Brown, Boveri & Cie steam turbines
Machinery output 200.000 shp
Speed, planned top 35 knots  
Speed, planned cruise 34,5 knots  
Speed, economical 15 knots  
Heating oil max. capacity 5.187 metrictons 6.740 metric tons
Diesel oil capacity 119 m³
Lubricating oil capacity 222 m³
Range 8.000 nm at 19 knots
Armour
Side protection, waterline astern: 60-80 mm
amidships: 100 mm (frames 57-177, 48% of the waterline lenght)
forward: 60-80 mm
bow protection: 25 mm
Armoured transverse bulkhead Frame 10: 80 mm
Frames 21 and 25: 60 mm
Frames 56,5 and 176: 60 mm (only within the slopes of the armoured deck)
Frame 218: 80 mm
Horizontal protection (armoured deck) Horizontal armour: 40 mm
Slopes: 60 mm
Rudder room: 60 mm
Forward: 20 mm
Horizontal protection (flight deck) 20 mm (around elevators 20-40 mm)
Hangars Walls and ceilings: 12 mm
Doors: 25 mm
Other: 12 mm
Longitudinal fragment proof bulkhead 20 mm
Bridge Wheelhouse: 17 mm
Fire control room: 17 mm
AA control room: 14 mm
Other protection Cable tunnels: 12 mm
Side watch rooms: 12 mm
Munition chambers: 12 mm
Gratings in funnel and in air shafts: up to 100 mm
Artillery Casemates, 15 cm guns: 20 mm
15 cm gun shields: 30 mm
10,5 cm gun shields: 10 mm
Armament
Main armament 16 x 15 cm SK C/28 on double C/36 mountings
Heavy flak 12 x 10,5 cm SK C/33 on double C/31 mountings
Medium flak 22 x 3,7 cm C/30 on double C/30 mountings
Light flak 28 x 2 cm Flakvierling 38, quad-mounted on C/30 pedestal mountings (four on port side and three on starboard side of Graf Zeppelin)
Equipment
Searchlights, triaxially stabilised 4
Anchors 2 bow (8500 kg), 1 stem (8500 kg), 1 stern (4250 kg)
Aircraft
Torpedo & reconnaissance bomber 20 Fieseler Fi 167
Fighter aircraft 10 Messerschmitt Bf 109T
Dive bomber 13 Junker Ju 87C/D
Complement
Ship's company 1378


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