1959 to 1970    

V1 ARA Independencia

AR Argentine Navy

1948 to 1958 - UK Royal Navy - R31 HMS Warrior    

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History of UK HMS Warrior R31

1948-mar-23CommissionedCommissioned ex RCN HMCS Warrior. RN Deck Letter J
1948-nov-03TrialsTrials Trials of flexible (rubber) deck Nov to early Dec 1948
1949-marTrialsTrials Further trials of flexible (rubber) deck Mar 1949
1950-augDeploymentDeployment departed UK to ferry aircraft and troops to the Far East.
1951-jun-22DeploymentDeployment Singapore departed UK for Far East, transporting 16 Parachute Brigade to Cyprus and stores and at least Dragonfly HR.1 VZ964 and VZ965. Arrived Singapore towards end of Jul.
1951-novAircraftAircraft SG Sembawang naval base assigned Dragonfly HR.1 VX596 for Ship Flight until c Dec, to Far East.
1952RefitRefit air search radar Type 281 in HMD Devonport for refit until Sep 1953.
1954-may-12DeploymentDeployment relieved HMAS Sydney, off Korean peninsula.
1954-aug-31DeploymentDeployment departed Hong Kong after rapid fit of extra accommodation, to evacuate civilians from Vietnam, until mid Sep 1954.
1954-dec-14RefitRefit carrier controlled approach radar Type 961 at HMD Devonport., which included fitting of a 5° angled deck, a mirror landing sight and strengthening the flight deck.
1956-novAircraftAircraft assigned Whirlwind HAR.3 XG579 / 993-J, XG584 / 994-J and XG588 / 995-J until Oct 1957.
1957-febDeploymentDeployment off Malden Island Line Islands Operation Grapple In Pacific Ocean for H Bomb test as part of Operation Grapple. Whirlwinds were used for an air sampling programme during the Grapple tests.
1958-nov-11Fate: transferedFate: transfered transferred to Argentina in a ceremony at HMNB Portsmouth, as ARA Independencia

History of AR ARA Independencia V1

1958-decDeploymentDeployment UK HMNB Portsmouth Delivery Sailed from HMNB Portsmouth on delivery voyage to Argentina.
1971-marFate: scrappedFate: scrapped

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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

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