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  • R95 Arromanches

    FR French Navy

    1944 to 1946 - UK Royal Navy - R15 HMS Colossus    

    1946 to 1973    


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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



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

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