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DÉDALO light aircraft carrier (1943/1967)

Dédalo 1980

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Dédalo (ex-Cabot, ex-Wilmington) R01 New York SB, Camden, USA 13/3/1942 4/4/1943 24/7/1943 // 30/8/1967 to USA 8/1989
  

Displacement standard, t

13000

Displacement full, t

16416

Length, m

182.9 wl 189.9 oa

Breadth, m

21.8 wl 33.3 oa

Draught, m

7.90 full load

No of shafts

4

Machinery

General Electric geared steam turbines, 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

100000

Max speed, kts

31

Fuel, t

oil 1800

Endurance, nm (kts) 7500(15)

Armour, mm

belt: 127 on 16mm plating, bulkheads: 127, main deck: 51

Armament

2 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 9 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 28 helicopters (SH-3D, AB-212ASW, AH-1, CH-19)

Sensors

SPS-6, SPS-8, SPS-10, SPS-40, 2x Mk 28, 2x Mk 29 radars, WLR-1 ECM

Complement

1112 + air group

 

Aircraft facilities (fd - 3,773 m², ha - 1,313 m² / 6,957 m³): Flight deck: 166.1 x 32.9 m. Hangar: 78.6 x 16.7 x 5.3 m. There were 2 lifts in center line (12.7 t, 12.8 x 13.4 m). Aircraft fuel stowage: 462 700 l.   

 

Year VSTOL attackers helicopters
1968 --- 8 SH-3D Sea King, 4 AB-204/212ASW, 4 AH-1 Cobra, 4 CH-19E Chickasaw
1984 5 AV-8S Matador, 1 TAV-8A Matador 8 SH-3D Sea King, 4 AH-1 Hue Cobra, 4 AB-212ASW

Ship project history: US Independence class light aircraft carrier, transferred to Spain under MDAP on 30 August 1967 and purchased outright in 1973. The transfer of Thetis Bay (LPH6) was originally contemplated. Extensively refitted and modernized before transfer, with strengthened decks and lifts, new electronic equipment, and funnels 1 and 3 removed. In later years best speed reported as 24 kts. In 1976 she became the first ship carried Harrier VSTOL attackers.

Ship protection: The 127mm belt and 51mm main deck protected machinery and ammunition magazines.

Modernizations: early 1980s: - 1 x 4 - 40/60 (fwd)

Naval service: Returned to US in 1989 for preservation at New Orleans as a museum.

Dédalo 1974

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