R51 HMS Perseus

UK Royal Navy

1945 to 1957    


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History of UK R51 HMS Perseus

1943-jun-1Laid downas HMS Edgar, Yard no. 56
1944-mar-26Launchedas HMS Perseus and completed as an aviation maintenance carrier, without catapults
1945-nov-17DeploymentFerry Departed UK to ferry fixed wing aircraft to Australia. Arrived Sydney.22 Dec 1945.
1946-marPort VisitAUWilliamstown visit to Melbourne while returning to UK
1946-junInto the Reserve fleet.
1949RefitHMD Rosyth Refit for newly designed steam catapult until 1950
1951-dec-31DeploymentUSPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard departed HMNB Rosyth for Philadelphia to demonstrate the steam catapult to US Navy. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 21 Mar 1952
1952-dec-12DeploymentSGSembawang naval base Operation Firedog departed UK with 10 Whirlwind HAR.21 of 848 NAS embarked to support forces in Borneo. Also ferried Dragonfly HR.3 WG707 and WG721 to Sembawang. Arrived in Singapore on 8 Jan 1953.
1953-febDeploymentDeparted Sembawang for UK, included ferrying of Dragonfly WG667.
1953-jun-15Deployment Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet as part of the Home Fleet - Portsmouth
1953-sep-28DeploymentSGSembawang naval base Departed Sembawang for UK, included ferrying of Dragonfly HR.3 WG668.
1954-jan-20Trialsembarked Whirlwind HAS.22 of 706 NAS for anti-submarine trials.
1954-apr-21DeploymentEmbarked 845 Squadron to transport it to Malta. Returned to UK Jul 1954
1955RefitHarland and Wolff towed to Belfast for conversion to fleet maintenance ship, but cancelled by 1957 Defence White Paper and towed to Gareloch for the Reserve.
1958-may-6Fate: scrappedSold for scrap at Port Glasgow



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13190light (tn)
18400full load (tn)
211.80length (m)
24.40beam (m)
7.20draught (m)
12000range (nm)
25max speed (knots)
42000power (shp)
2Naval Engine steam turbines
32Naval Gun single 20 mm
1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 277



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