R38 HMS Victorious

UK Royal Navy

1941 to 1968    

R38 HMS Victorious

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Flight Deck: V
Call Sign: GGLQ

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1937-may-4Laid downYard No. 11
1943-sep-27Refitat Liverpool Gladstone Dock, until c Feb 1944
1945deck letter P, then S.
1946deck letter changed to G, until 1958
1950-octRefitMajor refit until Dec 1957, major refit and modernisation to include angled flight deck, new radars and lengthened to 240m, and first British carrier to be fitted with Jet Blast Deflectors (JBD), recommissioning on 14 Jan 1958
1957-novAircraftuntil Jul 1958, 701 Squadron C Flight Dragonfly HR.3 embarked
1958-augAircraftuntil Feb 1959, Whirlwind HAS.7 of 824 Squadron allocated and embarked on 24 Sep alongside at Portsmouth. Deck letter now V
1958-sep-27AircraftAccident 824 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7 XL848 /336-V ditched off Portland
1958-octAircraftwhile Whirlwind HAS.7 engine problems being were rectified, temporarily took on 2 Whirlwind HAR.3 from 848 NAS at Hal Far, as plane guards.
1958-nov-6AircraftAccident Whirlwind HAS.7 XL838/332-V /P of 824 NAS lost off Malta.
1959-febAircraft824 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7 grounded again and were transferred in late Feb to HMS Eagle in the Mediterranean, to return to the UK for further rectification
1959-aprAircraftassigned Dragonfly HR.5 WP495/967-V as SAR Flt, until c Dec 1959
1960-marRefituntil Aug 1960, at HMD Portsmouth
1960-augAircraftuntil Apr 1962, Whirlwind HAS.7 of 825 Squadron assigned and embarked on 18 Sep.
1960-oct-18Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 2 month Mediterranean work up, returning 19 Dec 1960
1960-nov-4Port VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Grand Harbour to Grand Harbour, Malta until 15 Nov
1960-dec-3Deploymentexercising in Mediterranean with HMS Ark Royal and HMS Hermes
1961-jan-20Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 11 month Far East deployment, returning 19 Dec 1961
1961-feb-1Deploymentdeparted Gibraltar for Cape Town, in company with HMS Blackpool (F77) and RFA Tidereach (A96)
1961-marDeploymentrelieved HMS Hermes of Far East duty, towards end of the month
1961-mayRefitSGSembawang naval base Refit Short refit at Singapore, until 26 Jun 1961
1961-jun-26Deploymentdeparted Singapore for Hong Kong. Diverted en route for Persian Gulf.
1961-jul-9Deployment Operation Vantage Ordered off Kuwait from Far East duty on 29 Jun to join HMS Bulwark during a period of international tension and arrived 9 Jul. Relieved by HMS Centaur on 31 Jul.
1961-sep-2DeploymentYEAden Harbour Aden departed Aden for Singapore, in company with HMS Yarmouth, RFA Olna (A216) and RFA Reliant, arriving 15 Sep
1961-nov-22Deployment Mombasa Flood Relief Operations Assigned to assist in Kenyan flood relief
1961-decAircraftduring Dec 1961 Wessex HAS.1 of 815 Squadron embarked
1962-feb-5Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 2 month South Western Approaches and Mediterranean deployment, returning 2 Apr
1963-julAircraftuntil Aug 1963, Wessex HAS.1 of 819 Squadron embarked
1963-augAircraftuntil Jun 1967 Wessex HAS.1 of 814 Squadron embarked
1963-aug-14Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 10 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment, relieving HMS Hermes en route, completing at Singapore on 12 Jun 1964.
1963-sep-10AircraftAccident Embarked 814 NAS lost Wessex HAS.1 XM925/347-V when it ditched in the Gulf of Aden.
1964-febDeploymentTZDar-es-Salaam Harbour East African Mutinies with 814 NAS embarked, relieved HMS Centaur off Dar es Salaam.
1964-mayPort VisitJPYokosuka Naval Base port visit as prelude to exercising with USS Kitty Hawk.
1964-augDeploymentSGSembawang naval base Singapore departed Singapore for Far East deployment, returning HMNB Portsmouth summer 1965
1965-octRefitRefit at HMNB Portsmouth, until spring 1966
1966-jul-8DeploymentAfter re-commissioning on 7 Apr and work up, HMS Victorious sailed from HMNB Portsmouth to relieve HMS Eagle as East of Suez Carrier. Arrived Singapore 8 Aug 1966 and eventually departed to UK 4 May 1967, being relieved by HMS Hermes, for Victorious to return to Portsmouth on 20 Jun 1967.
1966-sep-23Port VisitHKVictoria Harbour Visit to Hong Kong until 4 Oct during East of Suez carrier deployment
1966-oct-7AircraftRPSubic Bay Harbour Accident Embarked 814 NAS lost Wessex HAS.1 XM928/277-V in the sea off the Philippines.
1966-oct-29Port VisitAUHMAS Kuttabul Sydney Visit to Sydney, Australia until 11 Nov during East of Suez carrier deployment
1967-feb-21AircraftAccident 814 NAS Wessex HAS.1 XP159/270-V damaged near Kuala Lumpur during landing in a clearing.
1967-mayDeploymentpassage from Far East to Aden in support of Civil Power.
1967-junDeploymentassigned to Western Task Force off Cyprus, guarding interests during Middle East Six Day War
1967-jun-19Aircraft814 Sq disembarked its Wessex HAS.1, prior to re-equipping with Wessex HAS.3
1969-julFate: scrappedBreakers Yard scrapped at Faslane


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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


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