R64 HMS Theseus

UK Royal Navy




1946 to 1956    


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Flight Deck: T
Call Sign: MVQW


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History of UK R64 HMS Theseus

1942-aug-7Ordered
1943-jan-6Laid downwhen the yard was known as Fairfield. Yard No. 709
1944-jul-6Launched
1946-feb-9Commissioned
1950-aug-18Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for Far East to relieve HMS Triumph in Korean War operations.
1950-oct-10DeploymentServed in Korean War 10 Oct 1950 with CAG-17 embarked relieving HMS Triumph and joing Task Group 95.1, until Apr 1951, when relieved by HMS Glory on 23 Apr.
1951-janAircrafttowards end of Jan, a USN S-51 was embarked to replace the Sea Otter in the SAR Flight.
1953-jun-15Deployment Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet as part of the Home Fleet
1953-sep-7Aircraftembarked Dragonfly WG722/902-HF after it had assisted in post-earthquake relief work on Zakynthos and Kefalonia, departed for Malta but diverted to Cyprus
1953-novRefituntil c Jun 1954, conversion to a training carrier, to replace HMS Implacable (R86).
1956-junAircraftInitially, an 845 Squadron detachment of Whirlwind HAS.22 embarked, followed in Nov by whole unit after it had departed HMS Ocean, until Dec 1956
1956-aug-5Deploymentwith HMS Ocean, transported 16 Parachute Brigade to Cyprus, during preparations for Operation Musketeer, returning to UK later that month.
1956-sep-30Aircraftembarked Whirlwinds and Sycamore of JEHU for pre-Suez work up. Transferred to HMS Ocean on 14 Oct.
1956-oct-14DeploymentDeparted UK for Malta, with 845 Squadron Whirlwinds embarked.
1956-oct-31DeploymentNile Delta Port Said Operation Musketeer Participated in Suez Canal rotary wing operations off Suez Canal Zone, until 6 Nov 1956. JEHU embarked. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 21 Dec.
1957Fareham Creek into reserve, moored in Fareham Creek.
1961-nov-29Fate: scrappedInverkeithing, Fife Wards Breakers Yard sold for scrapping, later towed from Portsmouth to be scrapped at Inverkeithing.

Specifications

   

    from Colossus class
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

Aircraft

   

    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy Sikorsky S-55 H-19 60


The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder

   

UK Kvaerner (Govan), Govan