1941 to 1968    

R38 HMS Victorious

UK Royal Navy

R38 HMS Victorious

Flight Deck: V
Call Sign: GGLQ
Shipyard: Vickers-Armstrong


History of UK HMS Victorious R38

1937-may-04Laid downLaid down Yard No. 11
1943-sep-27RefitRefit at Liverpool Gladstone Dock, until c Feb 1944
1945 deck letter P, then S.
1946 deck letter changed to G, until 1958
1950-oct-23RefitRefit Major refit air direction radar Type 984 until Dec 1957, major refit and modernisation to include an 8.75° angled flight deck, new radars and lengthened to 240m, two larger centreline lifts and first British carrier to be fitted with Jet Blast Deflectors (JBD), recommissioning on 14 Jan 1958
1957-novAircraftAircraft until Jul 1958, 701 Squadron C Flight Dragonfly HR.3 embarked
1958-feb-05AircraftAircraft Accident Landing accident to 701 Sq C Flt Whirlwind XJ399, severed tail boom.
1958-jun-27Port VisitPort Visit To Le Havre
1958-augAircraftAircraft until Feb 1959, Whirlwind HAS.7 of 824 Squadron allocated and embarked on 24 Sep alongside at Portsmouth. Deck letter now V
1958-sep-24AircraftAircraft Whirlwind HAS.7 of 824 NAS embarked, whilst alongside in HMNB Portsmouth
1958-sep-27AircraftAircraft Accident 824 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7 XL848 /336-V ditched off Portland
1958-octAircraftAircraft while Whirlwind HAS.7 engine problems being were rectified, temporarily took on 2 Whirlwind HAR.3 from 848 NAS at Hal Far, as plane guards.
1958-nov-06AircraftAircraft Accident Whirlwind HAS.7 XL838/332-V /P of 824 NAS lost off Malta.
1959-febAircraftAircraft 824 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7 grounded again and were transferred in late Feb to HMS Eagle in the Mediterranean, to return to the UK for further rectification
1959-marRefitRefit Enhanced maintenance period for 2 months at HMD Portsmouth.
1959-aprAircraftAircraft assigned Dragonfly HR.5 WP495/967-V as SAR Flt, until c Dec 1959
1959-junDeploymentDeployment to US east coast for exercises with USN Jul-Aug 1959.
1960-marRefitRefit until Aug 1960, at HMD Portsmouth
1960-augAircraftAircraft until Apr 1961, Whirlwind HAS.7 of 825 Squadron assigned and embarked at least 7 airframes on 18 Sep.
1960-oct-18DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth and embarking 825 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7s, for 2 month Mediterranean work up, returning 19 Dec 1960
1960-nov-04Port VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Grand Harbour to Grand Harbour, Malta until 15 Nov
1960-nov-25Port VisitPort Visit IT off Naples anchored in Bay of Naples, for visit. Departed 29 Nov.
1960-nov-30DeploymentDeployment Exercise Royal Flush IV joint US-UK exercise in Western Mediterranean, including HMS Ark Royal, HMS Hermes, USS Independence, USS Intrepid and USS Saratoga.
1960-dec-03DeploymentDeployment exercising in Mediterranean with HMS Ark Royal and HMS Hermes
1961-jan-20DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for 11 month Far East deployment, returning 19 Dec 1961
1961-feb-01DeploymentDeployment departed Gibraltar for Cape Town, in company with HMS Blackpool (F77) and RFA Tidereach (A96)
1961-marDeploymentDeployment relieved HMS Hermes of Far East duty, towards end of the month
1961-may-08AircraftAircraft SG Sembawang naval base disembarked 825 NAS to Sembawang, and subsequently transferred to HMS Bulwark.
1961-may-09RefitRefit SG Sembawang naval base Refit Short refit at Singapore, until mid Jun 1961
1961-jun-26DeploymentDeployment departed Singapore for Hong Kong. Diverted en route for Persian Gulf.
1961-jul-09DeploymentDeployment Operation Vantage Ordered off Kuwait from Far East duty on 29 Jun to join HMS Bulwark during a period of international tension and arrived 9 Jul. Relieved by HMS Centaur on 31 Jul.
1961-sep-02DeploymentDeployment YE Aden Harbour Aden departed Aden for Singapore, in company with HMS Yarmouth, RFA Olna (A216) and RFA Reliant, arriving 15 Sep
1961-nov-22DeploymentDeployment KE Lamu Mombasa Flood Relief Operations Assigned to assist in Kenyan flood relief
1961-decAircraftAircraft during Dec 1961 Wessex HAS.1 of 815 Squadron embarked
1962-feb-05DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for 2 month South Western Approaches and Mediterranean deployment, returning 2 Apr
1962-aprRefitRefit HMD Portsmouth Buccaneer refit in HMD Portsmouth for flight deck strengthening and projector landing sight installation, until c May 1963
1963-julAircraftAircraft until Aug 1963, Wessex HAS.1 of 819 Squadron embarked
1963-augAircraftAircraft until Jun 1967 Wessex HAS.1 of 814 Squadron embarked
1963-aug-14DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for 10 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment, relieving HMS Hermes en route, completing at Singapore on 12 Jun 1964.
1963-sep-10AircraftAircraft Accident Embarked 814 NAS lost Wessex HAS.1 XM925/347-V when it ditched in the Gulf of Aden.
1964-jan-29DeploymentDeployment TZ Dar-es-Salaam Harbour East African Mutinies with 814 NAS embarked, relieved HMS Centaur off Dar es Salaam.
1964-mayPort VisitPort Visit JP Yokosuka Naval Base port visit as prelude to exercising with USS Kitty Hawk.
1964-junRefitRefit SG Sembawang naval base refit at King George VI Dock, Singapore until c Aug.
1964-augDeploymentDeployment Singapore departed Singapore for Far East deployment, returning HMNB Portsmouth summer 1965
1965-mar-15DeploymentDeployment Exercise FOTEX 65 Exercise FOTEX 65 Exercising off Singapore in multi-national Naval Force
1965-octRefitRefit Refit at HMNB Portsmouth, until spring 1966
1966-jul-08DeploymentDeployment After re-commissioning on 7 Apr and work up, HMS Victorious sailed from HMNB Portsmouth to relieve HMS Eagle as East of Suez Carrier. Wessex of 814 NAS embarked. Arrived Singapore 8 Aug 1966 and eventually departed to UK 4 May 1967, being relieved by HMS Hermes, for Victorious to return to Portsmouth on 20 Jun 1967.
1966-sep-23Port VisitPort Visit HK Victoria Harbour Visit to Hong Kong until 4 Oct during East of Suez carrier deployment
1966-oct-07AircraftAircraft RP Subic Bay Harbour Accident Embarked 814 NAS lost Wessex HAS.1 XM928/277-V in the sea off the Philippines.
1966-oct-29Port VisitPort Visit AU HMAS Kuttabul Sydney Visit to Sydney, Australia until 11 Nov during East of Suez carrier deployment
1967-feb-21AircraftAircraft Accident 814 NAS Wessex HAS.1 XP159/270-V damaged near Kuala Lumpur during landing in a clearing.
1967-mayDeploymentDeployment passage from Far East to Aden in support of Civil Power.
1967-junDeploymentDeployment assigned to Western Task Force off Cyprus, guarding interests during Middle East Six Day War
1967-jun-19AircraftAircraft 814 Sq disembarked its Wessex HAS.1, prior to re-equipping with Wessex HAS.3
1967-octAircraftAircraft assigned Wessex HAS.1 XM326 / 266-V as Victorious SAR Flt until c Mar 1968
1969-julFate: scrappedFate: scrapped Breakers Yard scrapped at Faslane

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Illustrious class
23200light (tn)
28900full load (tn)
228length (m)
29.20beam (m)
8.80draught (m)
11000range (nm)
30.50max speed (knots)

3Naval Engine steam turbines

1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 984

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