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


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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

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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----
CA Canadian Armed Forces CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure 19571970
UKRoyal NavyHMS MajesticGKZS----
AU RAN R21 HMAS Melbourne 19551982
UKRoyal NavyR49HMS HerculesGKZK----
IN Indian Navy R11 INS Vikrant 19611997
UKRoyal NavyR93HMS Terrible----
AU RAN R17 HMAS Sydney 19481973
UKRoyal NavyHMS Magnificent19481948
CA Canadian Armed Forces CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent 19481956
UK Royal Navy HMS Magnificent (1957) 19571965

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1943-apr-15Laid downUK HMS Majestic as Colossus class hull
1943-apr-19Laid downUK R93 HMS Terrible as Colossus class hull
1943-jul-29Laid downUK HMS Magnificent as Colossus class hull, Yard No 1228.
1943-oct-12Laid downUK R49 HMS Hercules on Tyneside
1943-nov-27Laid downUK HMS Powerful originally as Colossus class hull
1944-sep-30LaunchedUK R93 HMS Terrible as HMS Terrible
1944-nov-16LaunchedUK HMS Magnificent as HMS Magnificent
1945UK HMS Majestic construction suspended until 1949
1945-feb-27LaunchedUK HMS Powerful as HMS Powerful
1945-feb-28LaunchedUK HMS Majestic as HMS Majestic
1945-sep-22LaunchedUK R49 HMS Hercules on Tyneside but work completed at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
1946UK HMS Powerful construction suspended until 1952
1948Fate: transferedUK HMS Magnificent loaned to Royal Candian navy
1948-apr-7CommissionedCA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent into RCN as HMCS Magnificent
1948-may-25HomeportCA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent departed UK for Canada with 19th CAG aboard, arriving Halifax NS on 1 Jun.
1948-decFate: transferedUK R93 HMS Terrible to Royal Australian Navy
1948-dec-16CommissionedAU R17 HMAS Sydney into RAN as HMAS Sydney, with deck letter K
1951-oct-4DeploymentAU 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: transferedUK HMS Powerful sold to Royal Canadian Navy
1952-novDeploymentAU R17 HMAS Sydney relieved HMS Ocean as Duty Far East carrier.
1953-jun-15DeploymentCA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet carrying Flag of Royal Canadian Navy
1953-jun-15DeploymentAU R17 HMAS Sydney Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet attended Coronation Fleet Review at Spithead
1954-janAircraftAU R17 HMAS Sydney received Dragonfly HR.3 WP498/-K on loan from FAA for 4 months, during Korean War deployment.
1954-may-12DeploymentAU R17 HMAS Sydney relieved by HMS Warrior, off Korea, to end deployment
1955-aprAU R17 HMAS Sydney role amended to flying training carrier and deck letter changed to S, with imminent appearance of HMAS Melbourne
1955-octFate: transferedUK HMS Majestic to Royal Australian Navy
1955-oct-28CommissionedAU R21 HMAS Melbourne into RAN as HMAS Melbourne, deck letter B
1956-aprAU R21 HMAS Melbourne departed UK for transit to Australia (deck letter Y). Arrived 10 May 1956 escorted by HMAS Sydney
1956-sep-21DeploymentAU 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-21DeploymentAU 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-29DeploymentCA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent departed Halifax, NS en route Port Said with troops and equipment for UN Emergency Force, after the Suez Crisis.
1957DecommissionedCA CVL 21 HMCS Magnificent returned to Royal Navy
1957UK HMS Magnificent (1957) returned from loan by RCN and placed directly into reserve
1957-janFate: transferedUK R49 HMS Hercules sold to India, having never served
1957-jan-17CommissionedCA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure into RCN as HMCS Bonaventure
1957-marRefitIN R11 INS Vikrant at Harland and Wolff, Belfast, until 1961
1957-dec-4AircraftAU R21 HMAS Melbourne Sycamore HR.51 XD656 ditched in sea, while operating from HMAS Melbourne.
1958-mayAU R17 HMAS Sydney into reserve, at approx 6 months notice to reactivate
1961RefitAU R17 HMAS Sydney conversion to fast transport role (primarily for Army support), completed 1962
1961AircraftCA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure Air group included up to 13 Sikorsky HO4S-3 in anti submarine role
1961-mar-4CommissionedIN R11 INS Vikrant into Indian Navy, in UK
1961-mar-4AircraftAU 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-aprAircraftAU 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-3HomeportIN R11 INS Vikrant arrived in Mumbai Harbour
1962-marAU R17 HMAS Sydney recommissioned as a troop ship.
1963RefitCA 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-20AircraftAU R21 HMAS Melbourne Konfrontasi embarked RN 814 NAS Wessex HAS.1 (usually based aboard HMS Hermes) for 3 weeks during spring 1963.
1963-augAircraftAU R21 HMAS Melbourne embarked anti-submarine force was the Wessex 31 of 817 Sq, until Feb 1976.
1965DeploymentAU 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.
1965RefitIN R11 INS Vikrant
1965-mar-15DeploymentAU R21 HMAS Melbourne Exercise FOTEX 65 Exercising off Singapore in multi-national Naval Force
1965-julFate: scrappedUK HMS Magnificent (1957) scrapped at Faslane
1966-aprRefitCA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure Fitted Fresnel Landing Aid and Dutch radar systems, improved sea keeping and aircraft handling arrangements.
1967RefitAU R21 HMAS Melbourne mid life refit until 1969, to re-equip for operating US components of her air wing
1967-nov-30AircraftCA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure CH-124 Sea King 4002 accident off Bermuda
1968-sep-20DeploymentAU R17 HMAS Sydney Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 10 Oct.
1968-oct-12Port VisitAU R17 HMAS Sydney visit to Wellington until 18 Oct, following Exercise Coral Sands.
1969-jun-3DeploymentAU R21 HMAS Melbourne 3 Jun1969, collided with the USS Frank E Evans, whilst participating in the SEATO Exercise Sea Spirit
1970-jul-3DecommissionedCA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure
1971Fate: scrappedCA CVL 22 HMCS Bonaventure components removed, then hull scrapped in Taiwan. Her anchor is feature of a memorial in Halifax.
1971DeploymentIN R11 INS Vikrant served during Indo-Pakistan war
1972AircraftAU R21 HMAS Melbourne From 1972, the usual 10 Wessex HAS.31 were replaced by 10 Sea King Mk.50 in her air group.
1973-novDecommissionedAU R17 HMAS Sydney
1974-dec-31DeploymentAU 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: scrappedAU R17 HMAS Sydney sold for scrap Oct 1975, left for South Korea Dec 1975
1976-febAircraftAU R21 HMAS Melbourne embarked anti-submarine force was the Sea King 50 of 817 Sq, until Nov 1981.
1977-may-9AircraftAU R21 HMAS Melbourne Sea King 08 accident
1977-jun-25DeploymentAU R21 HMAS Melbourne Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen in UK waters for Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Spithead
1979-janRefitIN R11 INS Vikrant Service Life Extension Programme at Mumbai, completed Jan 1982, included Ski-Jump for Sea Harrier operations.
1982-junDecommissionedAU R21 HMAS Melbourne
1982-decRefitIN R11 INS Vikrant modification to enable Sea Harrier operations, completed Feb 1983
1983-novFate: scrappedAU R21 HMAS Melbourne
1997-jan-31DecommissionedIN R11 INS Vikrant
2000Fate: museumIN R11 INS Vikrant in Mumbai Harbour until 2004
2014-novFate: scrappedIN R11 INS Vikrant at Powder Bunder, SE Mumbai

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