R15 HMS Colossus

UK Royal Navy

1946 to 1973 - FR French Navy - R95 Arromanches    

1944 to 1946    


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History of UK R15 HMS Colossus

1942-jun-1Laid downYard No. 55
1944-dec-1Commissionedwith Deck letter C, then J (1946), then S
1946-augDecommissionedon loan to French Navy as Arromanches

History of FR R95 Arromanches

1946-aug-6Commissionedex RN HMS Colossus, for 5 year loan
1949Deploymentoff French Indo-China (Vietnam) with French Navy

History of UK R15 HMS Colossus

1951-augFate: transferedsold by RN to French Navy, at end of loan period.

History of FR R95 Arromanches

1951-aug-27Deploymentdeparted Toulon for Djibouti with air group including S-51 detachment from 58S. Arrived Djibouti 7 Sep.
1953-sep-9Deploymentdeparted Toulon with 58S embarked, off French Indo-China (Vietnam). Returned to Toulon 19 Sep 1954.
1956-oct-23DeploymentArrived in Bizerte, covertly preparing for Op Mousquetaire. SAR Flt equipped with 2x HUP-2, detached from 23S (including 23S-7).
1956-nov-1DeploymentNile Delta Port Faud Operation Musketeer Participated in Suez Canal rotary wing operations.
1957Refituntil 1958, with a 4° angled deck and mirror landing sight
1960Refitbecame a training carrier
1962AircraftTook on assault role. HSS-1 of 33F embarked.
1968Refitbecame anti-submarine carrier, helicopter complement increased to 24.
1978Fate: scrappedat Toulon



    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



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