R05 HMS Eagle

Royal Navy

1951 to 1972    

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Flight Deck: E
Call Sign: GKYV

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1942-oct-24Laid downas HMS Audacious
1946-mar-19Launchedas HMS Eagle
1952-mar-1CommissionedDeck id J until 1957, then E. First carrier to complete with Catapult Aircraft Line-up Equipment (CALE).
1954-junRefituntil 1955 to be fitted with 5.5 degree angled flight deck
1955-julAircraftassigned Dragonfly HR.3 to SAR Flt WG669/901-J until Nov 1955
1955-augAircraftuntil Sep 1955, Whirlwind HAS.22 of 845 NAS embarked.
1955-sepAircraftuntil c Dec 1955, Dragonfly VX597/902-J assigned to SAR Flt
1956-mayAircraftassigned SAR Flt Whirlwind HAR.3 XJ399/974-J, until c Mar 1957
1956-nov-1DeploymentNile Delta Port Said Operation Musketeer Participated in Suez Canal fixed wing operations.
1956-nov-6Aircraftwhile returning to HMS Theseus, 845 NAS Whirlwind HAR.3 XJ400/Z ran out of fuel and ditched off Port Said during Operation Musketeer.
1957-octAircraftuntil Sep 1958, Dragonfly of 701 NAS A Flight embarked
1958-mayAircraft6 Whirlwind HAS.7 of 820 NAS embarked, until Jun 1958
1959RefitMajor Refit air direction radar Type 984 until May 1964, major refit to have flight deck angle increased to 8.5 degrees, 2 new steam catapults, a Type 984 radar installed and her guns replaced with 6 (not 4) Seacat missiles. 1st Carrier to fire a Seacat in 1964.
1959-febAircraftuntil Mar 1959, Whirlwind HAS.7 of 824 NAS embarked.
1959-may-16Port VisitShip Open to Visitors at HMNB Devonport for Navy Days 1959.
1960-mayAircraftuntil Jun 1960, Whirlwind HAS.7 of 820 NAS embarked.
1964-oct-1Port Visitvisit to Brest for 3 days during autumn work up, departing 3 Oct
1964-decAircraftuntil Oct 1968, Wessex HAS.1 of 820 NAS embarked.
1964-dec-1Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 6 month Far East deployment, returning 24 May 1965.
1965-mar-24Aircraft40nm NW of Pulau Pinang Ditched 820 NAS Wessex HAS.1 XS123/291-E ditched and sank in the Malacca Strait, while operating from HMS Eagle
1965-mar-25Aircraft25nm W Pangkor Accident recovered wreck of 820 NAS Wessex HAS.1 XS121/295-E after ditching in the Malacca Strait.
1965-aug-24Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 13 month Far East deployment, returning Sep 1966.
1965-sepDeploymentAden Harbour Departed Malta to assist with deteriorating security situation in Aden, in company with HMS Lowestoft, RFA Tidesurge and RFA Reliant, arriving off Aden on 1 Oct.
1966Refituntil Aug 1967, added a waist catapult suitable for the F-4 Phantom (which never happened operationally, although 3 weeks trials were held c Jun 1969) and full squadron helicopter operations
1966-mar-15DeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol Beira Patrol, off Mozambique to enforce UN sanctions against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Relieved HMS Ark Royal.
1967-aug-15Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 10 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment, returning 18 Jun 1968
1967-aug-17AircraftAccident embarked 820 NAS Wessex HAS.1 XS869/064-E ditched, and was recovered same day.
1967-novDeploymentuntil late Nov 1967, part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1968-may-31Port Visit4 day visit to Cape Town, departed on 4 Jun
1968-sepPort Visitdocked at Leith for 4 day visit to Edinburgh
1968-octRefitat HMD Devonport, Plymouth, completed around Feb 1969.
1969-aprAircraftuntil Jun 1970, Wessex HAS.3 of 826 NAS embarked.
1969-jun-16Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for one month deployment to North Atlantic and eastern USA, returning 20 Jul.
1969-jul-26DeploymentTorbay Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet Present at Ships of the Western Fleet review in Torbay.
1969-sep-4Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 3 month Mediterranean deployment, returning on 5 Dec.
1969-sep-9AircraftCeltic Sea Accident lost 826 NAS Wessex HAS.3 XS126/142-E, c 48nm SW of Skomer
1969-oct-31Port VisitGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta fortnight maintenance period in Malta until 13 Nov
1969-nov-25AircraftAccident lost 826 NAS Wessex HAS.3 XP153/143-E off Portugal, while operating from RFA Olmeda.
1970-jan-12Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 2 month Home Waters and W Mediterranean deployment, including 3 weeks Harrier trials, returning 25 Mar.
1970-feb-27Port Visitvisited Liverpool, until 4 Mar.
1970-junAircraftuntil Jan 1972, Sea King HAS.1 of 826 NAS embarked.
1971-oct-7Aircraft4 Sea Kings from 826 NAS rescued crew of Steel Vendor which was breaking up in the South China Sea.
1971-oct-31Deploymentdeparted Singapore for the last time, ending the permanent Royal Navy presence in the Far East
1972-jan-26Decommissioneddecommissioned after decision taken that conversion for F-4K Phantom operations would be too expensive
1978-octFate: scrappedCairnryan, Dumfries Breakers Yard towed from HMD Devonport to Cairnryan, Scotland.


    from Audacious class
43000light (tn)
50000full load (tn)
250length (m)
34.40beam (m)
10.50draught (m)
7000range (nm)
29.25max speed (knots)
152000power (shp)
4Naval Engine steam turbines
4Missile Launcher Sea Cat
2Naval Radar air direction radar Type 982
1Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 275
2Naval Radar navigation radar Type 974


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Royal Navy westland whirlwind 00
Royal Navy westland wessex 60
Royal Navy westland sea king 60
Royal Navy westland dragonfly 11

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