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  • R87 HMS Illustrious

    UK Royal Navy

    1940 to 1954    


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    Flight Deck: Y
    Call Sign: GGJD
    See Also: CVS Invincible class R06


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    History of UK R87 HMS Illustrious

    1937-apr-27Laid downYard no. 732
    1940-may-25Commissionedjoined the Fleet in Sep 1940
    1940-nov-11Deploymentlaunched Swordfish of 815 and 819 NAS in the torpedo attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto, aka Operation Judgement.
    1945-jun-27Refitin UK, until Jun 1946
    1953-apr-24AircraftAccident assigned Dragonfly HR.3 WH991 as SAR flt. Damaged 1 May and returned to Westland for repair.
    1953-mayAircraftassigned Dragonfly HR.3 WN499 as SAR flt.
    1953-jun-15Deployment Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet as part of the Home Fleet - Plymouth
    1956-nov-3Fate: scrappedto Faslane, for scrapping



        from Illustrious class
    23200light (tn)
    28900full load (tn)
    228length (m)
    29.20beam (m)
    8.80draught (m)
    11000range (nm)
    30.50max speed (knots)
    3Naval Engine steam turbines
    1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 984



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland dragonfly 10
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 80

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



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