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  • UK Improved Centaur class

    UK Centaur class
    Aircraft Carrier



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    24900light (tn)
    29000full load (tn)
    236.14length (m)
    27.50beam (m)
    9draught (m)
    28max speed (knots)
    76000power (shp)
    2Missile Launcher Sea Cat
    5Naval Gun twin 40 mm
    1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 984
    1Naval Radar carrier controlled approach radar Type 963
    1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 293


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        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Whirlwind 08
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 014
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 09
    IN Indian Navy Westland Sea King 07

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    UKRoyal NavyR12HMS HermesGKZL - H19591984
    IN Indian Navy R22 INS Viraat 19872017

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    1944-jun-21Laid downUK R12 HMS Hermes as HMS Elephant, Yard No. 928
    1953-feb-16LaunchedUK R12 HMS Hermes
    1959-nov-25CommissionedUK R12 HMS Hermes as HMS Hermes and based at HMNB Portsmouth
    1959-nov-26DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Portsmouth for Gibraltar for work up and returned to home waters to continue.
    1960-jul-5AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until Aug 1961 Whirlwind HAS.7 of 814 NAS embarked
    1960-octAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes temporary assignment of 824 NAS Whirlwinds until 17 Oct
    1960-oct-7AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes 814 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7 XN313/282-H w/o Lough Foyle while HMS Hermes was operating in the Irish Sea. (Replaced on unit strength by XN386 as /282-H later in the same month).
    1960-nov-7DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Portsmouth for exercises in Mediterranean with HMS Ark Royal and HMS Victorious, sailed on 3 Dec for Far East station to relieve HMS Albion, returned to UK on 19 Apr 1961
    1960-nov-30DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes joint US-UK exercise in Western Mediterranean, including HMS Ark Royal, HMS Victorious, USS Independence, USS Intrepid and USS Saratoga.
    1960-dec-3DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes exercising in Mediterranean with HMS Ark Royal and HMS Victorious
    1961-feb-3AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes 814 Sq Whirlwind HAS.7 XN312/281-H ditched and sank during recovery approach, S of Hong Kong on 3 Feb 1961
    1961-marDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes relieved of Far East duty by HMS Victorious, towards end of the month
    1961-jun-29DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Ordered to Gibraltar as a precautionary re-inforcement to units engaged in Operation Vantage off Kuwait, until mid Jul.
    1961-aug-5Port VisitUK R12 HMS Hermes present at Portsmouth Navy Days 1961, with the last public display for her embarked 814 NAS Whirlwinds, before re-equipping with Wessex.
    1961-sep-11RefitUK R12 HMS Hermes Major refit in Portsmouth which included arrangements for operating the Wessex, until 20 Apr 1962
    1962-aprAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes allocated Whirlwind HAS.7 XL852 as SAR Flt / 985-H until c Feb 1964
    1962-mayAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until Aug 1963 Wessex HAS.1 of 814 NAS embarked
    1962-may-25DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Portsmouth for 5 month Mediterranean work-up deployment, returning 5 Oct.
    1962-augDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes operating off Portugal with HMS Centaur, USS Enterprise and USS Forrestal during, Exercise RipTide II.
    1962-nov-13DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Konfrontasi departed HMNB Portsmouth for 10 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment via the Mediterranean, based from Singapore. Wessex HAS.1 of 814 NAS embarked. Relieved by HMS Ark Royal in Jul 1963 and sailed for the UK. Ordered to remain off Aden, she was replaced there by HMS Victorious in Red Sea, continuing on 21 Jul and returned Aug 1963.
    1962-nov-13AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes prior to deployment for Far East later that day while still in the English Channel, the Fairey Swordfish which had been hoisted aboard for the Taranto Day celebrations on 11 Nov, flew off. Last departure of a Swordfish from a carrier.
    1962-nov-16AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes SAR Flt Whirlwind XN360/986-H ditched and sank in the Irish Sea, en route Brawdy.
    1962-dec-8AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes Whirlwind XK935 SAR Flt/985 since Oct 1962, ditched and sank, 23nm SW of Aden.
    1963-jan-15AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes lost 814Sq Wessex HAS.1 XM924/344-H when ditched and sank 15 Jan 1963, while operating off Philippines.
    1963-julAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes Disembarked 814 NAS and replaced them in her air group by 819 NAS Wessex from Hal Far, until Feb 1964.
    1963-aug-12AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes Lost 814Sq Wessex XM922/344-H when ditched and sank, 12 Aug 1963 while operating off Aden
    1963-oct-4AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes lost 819 Sq Wessex HAS.1 XP145/323-H, when ditched and sank while operating S of Crete.
    1964-febRefitUK R12 HMS Hermes refit at HMD Devonport for c 2 years, emerging Spring 1966, able to host ASW Helicopters
    1964-aug-1UK R12 HMS Hermes present at Plymouth Navy Days 1964, in refit
    1965-augUK R12 HMS Hermes present at Plymouth Navy Days 1965, in refit
    1966-marAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes assigned Whirlwind HAR.9 XN258 to SAR Flt/336-H until c Nov 1966.
    1966-sepAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until Feb 1968 Wessex HAS.1 of 826 NAS embarked and 2 SAR Flt Whirlwinds
    1966-sep-21DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Portsmouth for North Sea work-up, returning 18 Nov
    1967-jan-16DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment. Relieved HMS Victorious off Aden in Apr. Ordered back to Aden from Gan on 3 Jun as the Middle East six day war broke out. Reached Far East base at Singapore on 22 Jun. Departed Singapore on 4 Sep for the UK via Cape Town and arrived in Portsmouth on 2 Oct.
    1967-jan-23AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes en route Malta from Gibraltar, 892Sq Sea Vixen ditched immediately following launch by catapult. 826 NAS Planeguard Wessex HAS.1 XS883/346-H on scene, was struck by the ship and lost.
    1967-aprDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Eastern Mediterranean, after Greek military coup in Athens
    1967-junDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes assigned to Eastern Task Force off Aden, guarding interests during Middle East Six Day War.
    1967-jun-22Port VisitUK R12 HMS Hermes mid-deployment maintenance in Singapore, until 17 Jul.
    1967-augDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes following Cultural Revolution in China, reinforced Hong Kong after rioting continued.
    1967-aug-9AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes 826Sq Wessex HAS.1 XS879/342-H ditched and sank while HMS Hermes operating off Subic Bay, Philippines
    1967-aug-28Port VisitUK R12 HMS Hermes 7 day visit to Fremantle, departing 4 Sep for UK via Cape of Good Hope.
    1967-oct-31DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Portsmouth for Middle East deployment, via Cape of Good Hope. After operating with HMS Bulwark and HMS Devonshire, she returned to Portsmouth on 19 Feb 1968.
    1968-marRefitUK R12 HMS Hermes short refit at HMD Portsmouth. Recommissioning on 17 May with many of the Ships Company from HMS Victorious.
    1968-may-31AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until Jun 1970 Wessex HAS.3 of 814 NAS embarked
    1968-julDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed UK for 9 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment. Arrived Singapore on 31 Aug and returned to Portsmouth on 1 Apr 1969.
    1968-sep-30DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands (after joining with Amphibious Task Force in the Celebes Sea, earlier), until 13 Oct
    1968-oct-14Port VisitUK R12 HMS Hermes extended visit to Sydney, departed 31 Oct and re-embarked her Air Group from RANAS Nowra, in Jervis Bay.
    1969-octDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed UK for Mediterranean deployment; returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 22 Jun 1970
    1970-octUK R12 HMS Hermes towed from HMNB Portsmouth to HMNB Devonport, to await refit.
    1971-mar-1RefitUK R12 HMS Hermes air search radar Type 965 until 17 Aug 1973 at HMD Devonport to convert to Commando Carrier. Include removal of her Type 984 3D radar.
    1971-aug-28UK R12 HMS Hermes present (in refit) at Plymouth Navy Days 1971.
    1973-augAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until Oct 1979 Sea King of 814 NAS embarked
    1973-augAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until 1977 Wessex HU.5 from various detachments of 845 NAS embarked
    1973-sep-22AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes 824 NAS Sea Kings assigned to HMS Hermes until Apr 1974
    1974UK R12 HMS Hermes In Gibraltar
    1974-febDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed UK for Western Atlantic deployment to Caribbean and Canada with Wessex HU.5 of 845 NAS embarked.
    1974-julDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Partition of Cyprus Disembarked 41 Commando RM (from Malta) on Cyprus during the emergency, while Sea Kings from 814 NAS assisted evacuation of civilians from a beach near Kyrenia
    1974-decRefitUK R12 HMS Hermes alongside at HMD Devonport for an extended period of maintenance, until Feb 1975
    1975-sep-1DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Devonport for Mediterranean & North Sea deployment, until Dec.
    1975-nov-17AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes Sea King XV695 accident, North Sea
    1976RefitUK R12 HMS Hermes to convert for Anti-Submarine helicopter operations
    1976-aug-28Port VisitUK R12 HMS Hermes present at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
    1977-junAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until Jul 1977 Wessex HU.5 of 846 NAS embarked
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Ryde Sand
    1977-aug-27DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
    1979-may-31AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes operated HMS Aurora Flight Wasp XT420 on loan for a month.
    1980-janAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until Mar 1980 Sea King HAS.2 of 820 NAS embarked
    1980-mar-20RefitUK R12 HMS Hermes to convert for Sea Harrier operations with ski-jump deck, until May 1981
    1981AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until 1983 Sea King HC.4 from various detatchments of 846 NAS embarked
    1981AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until 1984 Wessex HU.5 from various detatchments of 845 NAS embarked
    1981-mayAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes until Jul 1982 Sea King HAS.5 of 826 NAS embarked
    1981-aug-29DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes present at Portsmouth Navy Days 1981, Sea King HAS.5 XZ919 / 141-H on deck.
    1981-sep-2DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Portsmouth for N Atlantic and eastern USA deployment, returned Dec.
    1982-aprDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Admiral Woodward s flagship for Operation Corporate in South Atlantic
    1982-apr-5DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Operation Corporate Flag ship for the large UK task force (Carrier Battle Group was designated Task Force 317.8) despatched to retake the Falklands. Departed HMNB Portsmouth on 5 Apr with nine of 846 NAS Sea King HC.4 on deck. Her air group was maximised with as many RN Sea Harriers as could be mustered.
    1982-apr-23AircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes Sea King HC.4 ZA311 of 846 NAS/VP ditched and sank in poor visibility inside the Falkands Total Exclusion Zone.
    1982-may-17DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes Operation Corporate Detached Sea King HC.4 ZA290 / VC of 846 NAS to HMS Invincible to take part in Operation Plum Duff.
    1982-jul-3DeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes in Port William Sound to launch and recover aircraft for Port Stanley flypast
    1982-augRefitUK R12 HMS Hermes alongside maintenance at HMD Portsmouth, which was extended to include South Atlantic repairs, until Nov 1982.
    1983-janAircraftUK R12 HMS Hermes embarked Sea Kings of 814 NAS as part of her Air Group until c Jun 1983
    1983-sepDeploymentUK R12 HMS Hermes departed HMNB Portsmouth for Mediterranean deployment with mixed aviation assets of 845 NAS (Wessex) and 846 NAS (Sea King) embarked. Returned to UK on 22 Nov for the last time, to pay off.
    1984-aprDecommissionedUK R12 HMS Hermes
    1985Fate: transferedUK R12 HMS Hermes to India
    1986RefitIN R22 INS Viraat at HMD Devonport (UK) for Indian Navy service
    1986-aprFate: transferedIN R22 INS Viraat bought by Indian Navy from RN (ex HMS Hermes)
    1987-may-12CommissionedIN R22 INS Viraat
    1987-aug-21IN R22 INS Viraat arrived Mumbai on 21 Aug with INAS 330 Sea Kings as part of her Air Group.
    1993-sepIN R22 INS Viraat engine room flooded.
    1999-julRefitIN R22 INS Viraat until Apr 2001, included improvements to communications, weapons, hanger facilities and radars
    2007-sep-4DeploymentIN R22 INS Viraat Exercise Malabar 07-2 Participated in multi-national exercise in Bay of Bengal, until 9 Sep.
    2017-mar-6DecommissionedIN R22 INS Viraat
    2020-sep-19Fate: scrappedIN R22 INS Viraat towed from Mumbai for scrapping.

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