UK Modified Centaur class

UK Centaur class
Aircraft Carrier


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23300light (tn)
27700full load (tn)
224.90length (m)
27.40beam (m)
6.70draught (m)
29.50max speed (knots)
4Naval Gun single 40 mm
2Naval Gun twin 40 mm
1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 277
1Naval Radar air search radar Type 960

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UK Royal Navy Westland whirlwind 016
UK Royal Navy Westland wessex 016
UK Royal Marines Westland sioux 02
UK Royal Marines SNIA SA341B Gazelle AH.1 06
UK Royal Marines Westland scout 03
UK Royal Navy Westland sea king 04
UK Royal Navy Westland wasp 11

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UK Harland and Wolff - Belfast1
UK Swan Hunter - Wallsend1

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UKRoyal NavyR07HMS AlbionGKXR - A19541973
UKRoyal NavyR08HMS BulwarkGKYD - B19541983

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1943-jul-12OrderedUK R07 HMS Albion
1944-mar-23Laid downUK R07 HMS Albion Yard No. 1721
1945-may-10Laid downUK R08 HMS Bulwark
1947-may-6LaunchedUK R07 HMS Albion
1948-jun-22LaunchedUK R08 HMS Bulwark
1954Port VisitUK R07 HMS Albion visited Sydney, while on maiden deployment to Far East and Australia
1954-may-27CommissionedUK R07 HMS Albion Deck id Z until 1957, then A. First carrier to be completed with an angled deck (5 deg) and a deck landing mirror sight (DLMS).
1954-sepAircraftUK R07 HMS Albion assigned Dragonfly HR.3 to SAR Flt WG669/902-Z until c Jun 1955
1954-oct-29CommissionedUK R08 HMS Bulwark aka The Rusty B
1956-janDeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion departed UK on maiden deployment to Far East, returning in May.
1956-nov-1DeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion Operation Musketeer Participated in Suez Canal fixed wing operations and remained on patrol for c a month following the cease fire.
1956-nov-1DeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark Operation Musketeer Participated in Suez Canal fixed wing operations.
1957-jul-25Port VisitUK R08 HMS Bulwark to Cherbourg in company with HMS Salisbury, until 30 Jul.
1957-aug-28AircraftUK R08 HMS Bulwark embarked Whirlwind HAS.7 of 845 Squadron, until 21 Oct.
1958-jan-17DeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark departed Portland for 2nd commission deployment, having embarked 845 Squadron with its second batch of brand new Whirlwind HAS.7 on 10 Jan. After initial visits to eastern Atlantic and Caribbean, arrived Singapore on 28 Apr. The return leg completed at HMNB Portsmouth in Nov 1958.
1958-augAircraftUK R07 HMS Albion Whirlwind HAS.7 of 820 NAS embarked for Far East operations, until May 1959
1958-sep-8AircraftUK R08 HMS Bulwark 845 NAS Whirlwind XL833/390/A suffered engine failure while storing the ship and ditched in Aden inner harbour, 8 Sep. Airframe recovered but jettisoned next day.
1958-oct-23AircraftUK R07 HMS Albion 820 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7 XL871/324 /W ditched and sank off Cadiz
1959RefitUK R08 HMS Bulwark until 1960 at HMD Devonport, converted to first UK Commando Carrier and recommissioned on 19 Jan 1960
1960-feb-9AircraftUK R07 HMS Albion While en route to Far East with 815 NAS embarked, Whirlwind HAS.7 XL850/302-A ditched and sank in western Mediterranean.
1960-apr-10AircraftUK R07 HMS Albion Whirlwind HAS.7 XL897 815 NAS/302-A ditched and sank while operating dunking sonar on 10 Apr 1960
1960-aug-10AircraftUK R07 HMS Albion Whirlwind HAS.7 XL880/306-A damaged blades and tail in deck accident while operating with 815 NAS in the Far East
1961-janRefitUK R07 HMS Albion until 1962, conversion to Commando Carrier and recommissioned on 1 Aug 1962
1961-apr-19DeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark departed for Hong Kong 19 Apr and embarked 825 NAS (transferring in from HMS Victorious air group).
1961-jun-29DeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark Operation Vantage sailed with 42 Royal Marines Commando embarked, from Karachi to support Kuwait against possible Iraqi invasion. 42 CDO was airlifted into Kuwait on 1 Jul by Whirlwinds of embarked 848 NAS. HMS Bulwark withdrew on 21 Jul.
1962RefitUK R08 HMS Bulwark converted from Whirlwind to Wessex operation
1962-mar-27Port VisitUK R08 HMS Bulwark arrived at Singapore for 3 week maintenance period.
1962-jul-24DeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark Exercise FOTEX 62 participated in Exercise FOTEX 62 with Far East Fleet, RAN and RNZN
1962-nov-2DeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion Konfrontasi Embarked 846 NAS with its 6 Whirlwind HAS.7 and 845 NAS with 12 Wessex HAS.1 from RNAS Culdrose for Far East deployment. Disembarked on 14 Dec 1962 for operations from Borneo (846 to Seria, 845 to Brunei). After time on station, relieved by HMS Bulwark, departed Feb 1964 for UK and arrived back in HMNB Portsmouth on 15 Apr 1964.
1962-nov-26UK R07 HMS Albion sunk a tug following collision in Aden
1963-sep-28DeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion Konfrontasi ferried 3 detachments of 103 Squadron Whirlwind HAR.10 (2 airframes from Singapore, 3 from Kuching and 3 from Sibu) to reinforce 110 Squadron at RAF Labuan. Arrived 30 Sep 1963.
1963-novDeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion Konfrontasi Delivered RAF No 38 Group Spine Force reinforcement for the Far East Air Force to support operations in Sarwak, Brunei and Sabah (Borneo) during the Indonesian Confrontation. Included three Belvedere and a Whirlwind and arrived initially in Singapore on 20 Nov.
1964-mar-28AircraftUK R07 HMS Albion embarked 4x Khormaksar SAR Flt Sycamore (including XL829) for return to UK, after they were in process of being replaced by Whirlwind HAR.10. Part of HMS Albion return leg to UK, begun on 2 Nov 1962.
1964-nov-23TrialsUK R07 HMS Albion Left HMNB Portsmouth for sea trials after dry-docking for several months, following recommissioning ceremony.
1965-feb-25DeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark Konfrontasi departed Singapore with RAF 230 Squadron Whirlwinds for transport from Seletar to Labuan.
1965-mar-12DeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion Konfrontasi departed HMNB Portsmouth, 848 Sq embarked with 12 Wessex HU.5 plus the Sioux of 40 Commando Air Troop, for 18 month Far East and Borneo deployment, via Suez Canal. Transported detachment of 815 NAS Wessex HAS.1 to Sibu, from May to Jul 1965. Returned to UK Sep 1966
1965-nov-25AircraftUK R07 HMS Albion departed Aden for Singapore with remaining 4 ex 26 Squadron Belvedere, including XG474, for 66 Squadron and arrived 4 Dec.
1965-decDeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion While returning to Singapore from Labuan, rammed and sank Indonesian patrol boat which had attacked her. Damaged bow, which was repaired during the Feb-Apr 1966 docking period in Singapore.
1967-mar-9DeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark sailed from Singapore in company with HMS Fearless for assault exercise off Penang.
1967-mayDeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark following Cultural Revolution in China, reinforced (40 Commando RM embarked) Hong Kong after rioting began. Departed 12 Jun 1967.
1967-junDeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion off Lagos during Nigerian Civil War, to support possible evacuations. Arrived back in UK by early Jul 1967
1967-octDeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion until late Nov 1967, part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1967-decDeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark until mid Jan 1968, part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1968RefitUK R07 HMS Albion refit during the winter, completed 1969
1968-febUK R07 HMS Albion Departed Singapore for Aden again
1968-sep-20DeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
1968-novDeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion deployed off Cambodia to prevent arms smuggling.
1969-may-17AircraftUK R08 HMS Bulwark 845 NAS Wessex HU.5 XT774/F-B crashed on deck, off Cyprus
1971-febAircraftUK R07 HMS Albion disembarked Wessex of 845 Sq in mid Feb (following participation in Exercise Clockwork 71 in the Lofoten Islands), before returned to HMNB Portsmouth.
1971-marDeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Far East and South Pacific deployment, staging around Singapore. Returned to Portsmouth on 24 Jan 1972.
1971-marAircraftUK R07 HMS Albion embarked 12 Wessex of 848 Sq near end of Mar, some in HMNB Portsmouth and some en route near Portland. 848 NAS disembarked to HMS Simbang on 22 May
1971-jul-1Port VisitUK R07 HMS Albion Visited Kobe, Japan during Far East deployment, departed on 8 Jul.
1971-aug-9Port VisitUK R07 HMS Albion Visited Fremantle, Australia during Far East deployment, departed on 17 Aug.
1971-oct-29AircraftUK R07 HMS Albion re-embarked 848 NAS from HMS Simbang after they had flown past during the bases handover ceremony, prior to departing for the Indian Ocean. 848 NAS disembarked in the UK to RNAS Culdrose, on 20 Jan 1972.
1971-nov-23DeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion Indo-Pakistan war contingency stood off East Pakistan (before Bangladesh was formed) in the Bay of Bengal to support British nationals during the conflict. 22 Wessex HU.5 of 848 NAS and 4 Sea King of 826 NAS embarked.
1971-decAircraftUK R07 HMS Albion disembarked 826 Sq Sea King detachment back to HMS Eagle off Durban, after Christmas 1971, before the new year.
1972-janDeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark Malta withdrawal 3 months, during dispute with Maltese government over bases
1972-apr-20DeploymentUK R07 HMS Albion off Cyprus for exercises, until 29 Apr
1972-may-19DeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 2 month WESTLANT deployment, with 845 Squadron and 41 Commando Royal Marines embarked and to re-establish 41 CDO in its Maltese base. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 17 Jul 1972.
1972-jun-15AircraftUK R07 HMS Albion embarked 848 NAS Wessex in Scotland until 5 Jul, for RNAS Culdrose.
1972-jun-28Port VisitUK R07 HMS Albion Visited Rotterdam, Netherlands during Northern Waters deployment, departed on 4 Jul.
1972-novDeploymentUK R08 HMS Bulwark participated in Exercise Corsica 72 off W coast of Corsica with HMS Ark Royal, HMS Fearless, and HMS Intrepid.
1973DecommissionedUK R07 HMS Albion
1973-febPort VisitUK R08 HMS Bulwark to Charleston, SC.
1973-apr-19AircraftUK R08 HMS Bulwark embarked 16 Wessex HU.5 of 848 NAS at HMNB Devonport, prior to the ship departing for Malta
1973-julFate: transferedUK R07 HMS Albion sold
1973-novFate: scrappedUK R07 HMS Albion project abandoned by new owners and scrapped at Faslane
1976UK R08 HMS Bulwark withdrawn from Service into Reserve
1976-jan-16AircraftUK R08 HMS Bulwark 848 NAS Wessex HU.5 XT758/VB-B w/o 16 Jan 1976 when ditched and sank SW of Azores
1977RefitUK R08 HMS Bulwark until 1979, conversion to also operate Anti-Submarine helicopters alongside Commando role
1980-janAircraftUK R08 HMS Bulwark embarked 2 airframe Flight from 846 NAS, (including XT451/VL-B) for exercise in the western Atlantic, until early Apr 1980
1981-marDecommissionedUK R08 HMS Bulwark into reserve
1984-aprFate: scrappedUK R08 HMS Bulwark sold for scrap.

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