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  • HMS Majestic

    UK Royal Navy

    1955 to 1982 - AU RAN - R21 HMAS Melbourne    



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    Flight Deck:
    Call Sign: GKZS
    Shipyard: BAE Systems (Vickers)


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    History of UK HMS Majestic

    1943-apr-15Laid downas Colossus class hull
    1945construction suspended until 1949
    1945-feb-28Launchedas HMS Majestic
    1955-augTrialsBAE Systems (Vickers) undergoing contractors inclining trials in the Buccleuch Dock at Vickers.
    1955-octFate: transferedto Royal Australian Navy

    History of AU R21 HMAS Melbourne

    1955-oct-28Commissionedinto RAN as HMAS Melbourne, deck letter B
    1956-aprdeparted UK for transit to Australia (deck letter Y). Arrived 10 May 1956 escorted by HMAS Sydney
    1956-sep-21Deploymentdeparted 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.
    1957-dec-4AircraftAccident Sycamore HR.51 XD656 ditched in sea, while operating from HMAS Melbourne.
    1961-aprAircraftduring 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.
    1963-apr-20Aircraft Konfrontasi embarked RN 814 NAS Wessex HAS.1 (usually based aboard HMS Hermes) for 3 weeks during spring 1963.
    1963-augAircraftembarked anti-submarine force was the Wessex 31 of 817 Sq, until Feb 1976.
    1965-mar-15DeploymentExercise FOTEX 65 Exercise FOTEX 65 Exercising off Singapore in multi-national Naval Force
    1967Refitmid life refit until 1969, to re-equip for operating US components of her air wing
    1969-jun-3DeploymentSouth China Sea (JS) Accident 3 Jun1969, collided with the USS Frank E Evans, whilst participating in the SEATO Exercise Sea Spirit
    1972AircraftFrom 1972, the usual 10 Wessex HAS.31 were replaced by 10 Sea King Mk.50 in her air group.
    1974-dec-31DeploymentAUDarwin Intl Darwin area 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.
    1976-febAircraftembarked anti-submarine force was the Sea King 50 of 817 Sq, until Nov 1981.
    1977-may-9AircraftSea King 08 accident
    1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen in UK waters for Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Spithead
    1983-novFate: scrapped



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



    UK BAE Systems (Vickers),

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