Did the German Navy have an aircraft carrier?

On 16 November 1935, the German Navy ordered the construction of an aircraft carrier which was named Graf Zeppelin, in honor of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, the inventor of the lighter-than-air-ship. The most famous Zeppelin was the Hindenburg which exploded in New Jersey as she was mooring on 6 May 1937.

The aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin was launched on 8 December 1938. The ship never became operational and ended up being used for storage by the German Navy. She ended up in Stettin, a German seaport on the Baltic. In April 1945, when the Soviets were closing in on the city, the carrier was scuttled by the Germans.

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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