R71 HMAS Vengeance

AU Royal Australian Navy

1944 to 1952 - UK Royal Navy - R71 HMS Vengeance    
1960 to 2001 - BR Brazilian Navy - A11 NAeL Minas Gerais    



1952 to 1955    


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History of UK R71 HMS Vengeance

1942-aug-7Ordered
1942-nov-16Laid downUKSwan Hunter as Yard No. 1699
1944-feb-23Launched
1945-jan-15CommissionedDecl letter A, then N (by 1946) , then Q
1946-jan-16RefitHMAS Kuttabul short refit in Sydney Garden Island Dockyard, until Mar 1946
1947-junPort Visitvisited Oslo.
1949-janTrialsArctic trials until early Mar. Included 705 NAS Dragonfly WB220.
1949-mar-8RefitUKHMD Rosyth repairs at Rosyth until c Jun, to rectify flight deck cracks and other defects incurred during the Arctic trials.
1952-janDeploymentSGSembawang naval base departed HMNB Portsmouth for Singapore as an aircraft ferry to re-inforce efforts for the Korean War. Returned Mar 1952.
1952-sepRefitUKHMD Portsmouth wear and tear repairs and work in preparation for transfer to RAN.
1952-novDecommissionedto RAN as HMAS Vengeance

History of AU R71 HMAS Vengeance

1952-nov-13CommissionedUKHMD Devonport ex RN HMS Vengeance
1953-jan-16Aircrafttook delivery of first 3 Sycamore HR.50 for the RAN in the English Channel (XA219, XA220 and XA221) and transported them to Oz, arriving early Mar.
1955-junDeploymentdeparted Sydney for return to UK. Her Ships Company would take over HMAS Melbourne after hand-over in the UK.
1955-aug-13Decommissionedreturned to RN, until sold to Brazil on 13 Dec 1956.

History of BR A11 NAeL Minas Gerais

1957-junRefituntil Dec 1960 in Rotterdam (NL): reconstruction for Brazilian service
1960-dec-6Commissionedex RN HMS Vengeance (from reserve)
1976RefitService Life Extension Programme until 1981
2001-oct-16Decommissioned
2004-aprFate: scrappedINAlang Breakers Yard towed to Alang, India and scrapped.

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

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