1946 to 1973    

R95 Arromanches

FR French Navy

1944 to 1946 - UK Royal Navy - R15 HMS Colossus    

Flight Deck: H
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History of UK HMS Colossus R15

1942-jun-01Laid downLaid down Yard No. 55
1944-dec-01CommissionedCommissioned with Deck letter C, then J (1946), then S
1946-augDecommissionedDecommissioned on loan to French Navy as Arromanches

History of FR Arromanches R95

1946-aug-06CommissionedCommissioned ex RN HMS Colossus, for 5 year loan
1949DeploymentDeployment off French Indo-China (Vietnam) with French Navy

History of UK HMS Colossus R15

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

History of FR Arromanches R95

1951-aug-27DeploymentDeployment departed Toulon for Djibouti with air group including S-51 detachment from 58S. Arrived Djibouti 7 Sep.
1953-sep-09DeploymentDeployment departed Toulon with 58S embarked, off French Indo-China (Vietnam). Returned to Toulon 19 Sep 1954.
1956-oct-23DeploymentDeployment Arrived in Bizerte, covertly preparing for Op Mousquetaire. SAR Flt equipped with 2x HUP-2, detached from 23S (including 23S-7).
1956-nov-01DeploymentDeployment Nile Delta Port Faud Operation Musketeer Participated in Suez Canal rotary wing operations.
1957RefitRefit until 1958, with a 4° angled deck and mirror landing sight
1960RefitRefit became a training carrier
1962AircraftAircraft Took on assault role. HSS-1 of 33F embarked.
1968RefitRefit became anti-submarine carrier, helicopter complement increased to 24.
1978Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped at Toulon

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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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Typical Max
FR French Navy SA HSS-1 Seabat 00
FR French Navy Piasecki HUP-2 / UH-25B Retriever 22

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