UK Majestic class

UK Colossus class

Aircraft Carrier



18000full load (tn)
211.80length (m)
24.40beam (m)
7.20draught (m)
12000range (nm)
25max speed (knots)
40000power (shp)

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Typical Max
AU RAN Westland Wessex 100
AU RAN Westland Sea King 100
CA Royal Canadian Navy (1945-1968) Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King 06
CA CAF Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King 06
IN Indian Navy HAL Chetak 00
IN Indian Navy Westland Sea King 00
AU RAN Bristol Type 171 Sycamore 20
CA Royal Canadian Navy (1945-1968) Sikorsky S-55 H-19 013


UK BAE Systems (Vickers) - 1
UK Harland and Wolff - Belfast2
UK HMD Devonport - Devonport1
UK Vickers-Armstrong - High Walker1

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----UKRoyal NavyHMS PowerfulMKGZ
19571970 CA Canadian Armed Forces CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure
----UKRoyal NavyHMS MajesticGKZS
19551982 AU RAN R21 HMAS Melbourne
----UKRoyal NavyR49HMS HerculesGKZK
19611997 IN Indian Navy R11 INS Vikrant
----UKRoyal NavyR93HMS Terrible
19481973 AU RAN R17 HMAS Sydney
19481948UKRoyal NavyHMS Magnificent
19481956 CA Canadian Armed Forces CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent
19571965 UK Royal Navy HMS Magnificent (1957)

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1943-apr-15Laid downLaid down UK HMS Majestic as Colossus class hull
1943-apr-19Laid downLaid down UK R93 HMS Terrible as Colossus class hull
1943-jul-29Laid downLaid down UK HMS Magnificent as Colossus class hull, Yard No 1228.
1943-oct-12Laid downLaid down UK R49 HMS Hercules Yard No 61
1943-nov-27Laid downLaid down UK HMS Powerful originally as Colossus class hull
1944-sep-30LaunchedLaunched UK R93 HMS Terrible as HMS Terrible
1944-nov-16LaunchedLaunched UK HMS Magnificent as HMS Magnificent
1945 UK HMS Majestic construction suspended until 1949
1945-feb-27LaunchedLaunched UK HMS Powerful as HMS Powerful
1945-feb-28LaunchedLaunched UK HMS Majestic as HMS Majestic
1945-sep-22LaunchedLaunched UK R49 HMS Hercules on Tyneside but work completed at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
1946 UK HMS Powerful construction suspended until 1952
1948Fate: transferedFate: transfered UK HMS Magnificent loaned to Royal Candian navy
1948-apr-07CommissionedCommissioned CA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent into RCN as HMCS Magnificent
1948-may-25HomeportHomeport CA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent departed UK for Canada with 19th CAG aboard, arriving Halifax NS on 1 Jun.
1948-decFate: transferedFate: transfered UK R93 HMS Terrible to Royal Australian Navy
1948-dec-16CommissionedCommissioned AU R17 HMAS Sydney into RAN as HMAS Sydney, with deck letter K
1951-oct-04DeploymentDeployment AU R17 HMAS Sydney relieved HMS Glory for Korean War service with CAG-21 embarked, until 2 Feb 1952. Assigned RN Dragonfly HR.1 VZ965 as SAR Flt.
1952-aprFate: transferedFate: transfered UK HMS Powerful sold to Royal Canadian Navy
1952-novDeploymentDeployment AU R17 HMAS Sydney relieved HMS Ocean as Duty Far East carrier.
1953-jun-15DeploymentDeployment CA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet carrying Flag of Royal Canadian Navy
1953-jun-15DeploymentDeployment AU R17 HMAS Sydney Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet attended Coronation Fleet Review at Spithead
1954-janAircraftAircraft AU R17 HMAS Sydney received Dragonfly HR.3 WP498/-K on loan from FAA for 4 months, during Korean War deployment.
1954-may-12DeploymentDeployment AU R17 HMAS Sydney relieved by HMS Warrior, off Korea, to end deployment
1955-apr AU R17 HMAS Sydney role amended to flying training carrier and deck letter changed to S, with imminent appearance of HMAS Melbourne
1955-augTrialsTrials UK HMS Majestic undergoing contractors inclining trials in the Buccleuch Dock at Vickers.
1955-octFate: transferedFate: transfered UK HMS Majestic to Royal Australian Navy
1955-oct-28CommissionedCommissioned AU R21 HMAS Melbourne into RAN as HMAS Melbourne, deck letter B
1956-apr AU R21 HMAS Melbourne departed UK for transit to Australia (deck letter Y). Arrived 10 May 1956 escorted by HMAS Sydney
1956-sep-21DeploymentDeployment AU R21 HMAS Melbourne departed Australia for S E Asia exercises. Group included HMAS Sydney, HMAS Quadrant, HMAS Queenborough and HMAS Quickmatch. Only time HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney ever deployed together.
1956-sep-21DeploymentDeployment AU R17 HMAS Sydney departed Australia for S E Asia exercises. Group included HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Quadrant, HMAS Queenborough and HMAS Quickmatch. Only time HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney ever deployed together.
1956-dec-29DeploymentDeployment CA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent departed Halifax, NS en route Port Said with troops and equipment for UN Emergency Force, after the Suez Crisis.
1957DecommissionedDecommissioned CA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent returned to Royal Navy
1957 UK HMS Magnificent (1957) returned from loan by RCN and placed directly into reserve
1957-janFate: transferedFate: transfered UK R49 HMS Hercules sold to India, having never served
1957-jan-17CommissionedCommissioned CA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure into RCN as HMCS Bonaventure
1957-marRefitRefit IN R11 INS Vikrant at Harland and Wolff, Belfast, until 1961
1957-dec-04AircraftAircraft AU R21 HMAS Melbourne Sycamore HR.51 XD656 ditched in sea, while operating from HMAS Melbourne.
1958-may AU R17 HMAS Sydney into reserve, at approx 6 months notice to reactivate
1961RefitRefit AU R17 HMAS Sydney conversion to fast transport role (primarily for Army support), completed 1962
1961AircraftAircraft CA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure Air group included up to 13 Sikorsky HO4S-3 in anti submarine role
1961-mar-04CommissionedCommissioned IN R11 INS Vikrant into Indian Navy, in UK
1961-mar-04AircraftAircraft AU R17 HMAS Sydney RAN 723 Sq Sycamore XD654/909 ditched alongside RN HMS Hermes, while operating from HMAS Sydney, 4 Mar 1961 nr the Cocos Islands
1961-aprAircraftAircraft AU R21 HMAS Melbourne during late Apr, hosted RN 825 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7 during an amphibious landing exercise off northern Borneo, supporting RM 42 Commando from HMS Bulwark and US Marines from USS Thetis Bay.
1961-nov-03HomeportHomeport IN R11 INS Vikrant arrived in Mumbai Harbour
1962-mar AU R17 HMAS Sydney recommissioned as a troop ship.
1963RefitRefit CA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure 4 month refit in early 1963, enabling the CHSS-2 to replace the HO4S-3 in the anti-submarine role from 1964.
1963-apr-20AircraftAircraft AU R21 HMAS Melbourne Konfrontasi embarked RN 814 NAS Wessex HAS.1 (usually based aboard HMS Hermes) for 3 weeks during spring 1963.
1963-augAircraftAircraft AU R21 HMAS Melbourne embarked anti-submarine force was the Wessex 31 of 817 Sq, until Feb 1976.
1965DeploymentDeployment AU R17 HMAS Sydney between 1965 and 1972, engaged in 20 or so supply missions to South China Sea (off Viet Nam), earning the nickname Vung Tau Ferry. Typically carried 4 Wessex HAS.31 for ASW duties.
1965RefitRefit IN R11 INS Vikrant
1965-mar-15DeploymentDeployment AU R21 HMAS Melbourne Exercise FOTEX 65 Exercising off Singapore in multi-national Naval Force
1965-jun-08DeploymentDeployment AU R17 HMAS Sydney offloaded Australian troops at Da Nang as part of Canberras contribution to US support in the war.
1965-julFate: scrappedFate: scrapped UK HMS Magnificent (1957) scrapped at Faslane
1966-aprRefitRefit CA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure Fitted Fresnel Landing Aid and Dutch radar systems, improved sea keeping and aircraft handling arrangements.
1967RefitRefit AU R21 HMAS Melbourne mid life refit until 1969, to re-equip for operating US components of her air wing
1967-nov-30AircraftAircraft CA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure CH-124 Sea King 4002 accident off Bermuda
1968-sep-20DeploymentDeployment AU R17 HMAS Sydney Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 10 Oct.
1968-oct-12Port VisitPort Visit AU R17 HMAS Sydney visit to Wellington until 18 Oct, following Exercise Coral Sands.
1969-jun-03DeploymentDeployment AU R21 HMAS Melbourne 3 Jun1969, collided with the USS Frank E Evans, whilst participating in the SEATO Exercise Sea Spirit
1970-jul-03DecommissionedDecommissioned CA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure
1971Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped CA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure components removed, then hull scrapped in Taiwan. Her anchor is feature of a memorial in Halifax.
1971DeploymentDeployment IN R11 INS Vikrant served during Indo-Pakistan war
1972AircraftAircraft AU R21 HMAS Melbourne From 1972, the usual 10 Wessex HAS.31 were replaced by 10 Sea King Mk.50 in her air group.
1973-novDecommissionedDecommissioned AU R17 HMAS Sydney
1974-dec-31DeploymentDeployment AU R21 HMAS Melbourne Cyclone Tracy relief operations Departed Sydney on news of cyclone hitting Darwin. Arrived on station 31 Dec 1974 with most of HS-817 embarked and remained active until 30 Jan 1975.
1975-decFate: scrappedFate: scrapped AU R17 HMAS Sydney sold for scrap Oct 1975, left for South Korea Dec 1975
1976-febAircraftAircraft AU R21 HMAS Melbourne embarked anti-submarine force was the Sea King 50 of 817 Sq, until Nov 1981.
1977-may-09AircraftAircraft AU R21 HMAS Melbourne Sea King 08 accident
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment AU R21 HMAS Melbourne Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen in UK waters for Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Spithead
1979-janRefitRefit IN R11 INS Vikrant Service Life Extension Programme at Mumbai, completed Jan 1982, included Ski-Jump for Sea Harrier operations.
1982-junDecommissionedDecommissioned AU R21 HMAS Melbourne
1982-decRefitRefit IN R11 INS Vikrant modification to enable Sea Harrier operations, completed Feb 1983
1983-novFate: scrappedFate: scrapped AU R21 HMAS Melbourne
1997-jan-31DecommissionedDecommissioned IN R11 INS Vikrant
2000Fate: museumFate: museum IN R11 INS Vikrant in Mumbai Harbour until 2004
2014-novFate: scrappedFate: scrapped IN R11 INS Vikrant at Powder Bunder, SE Mumbai

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