R87 HMS Illustrious

UK Royal Navy




1940 to 1954    


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Flight Deck: Y
Call Sign: GGJD
See Also: CVS Invincible class R06


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1937-jan-13Ordered
1937-apr-27Laid downYard no. 732
1939-sep-5Launched
1940-may-25Commissionedjoined the Fleet in Sep 1940
1940-nov-11Deploymentlaunched Swordfish of 815 and 819 NAS in the torpedo attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto, aka Operation Judgement.
1945-jun-27Refitin UK, until Jun 1946
1953-apr-24AircraftAccident assigned Dragonfly HR.3 WH991 as SAR flt. Damaged 1 May and returned to Westland for repair.
1953-mayAircraftassigned Dragonfly HR.3 WN499 as SAR flt.
1953-jun-15Deployment Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet as part of the Home Fleet - Plymouth
1954-decDecommissioned
1956-nov-3Fate: scrappedto Faslane, for scrapping

Specifications    

    from Illustrious class
23200light (tn)
28900full load (tn)
228length (m)
29.20beam (m)
8.80draught (m)
11000range (nm)
30.50max speed (knots)
3Naval Engine steam turbines
1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 984

Aircraft    

    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy Westland dragonfly 10
UK Royal Navy Westland wessex 80

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UK BAE Systems (Vickers),


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