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HMS Centaur. Royal Naval light fleet carrier HMS Centaur (RO6) built by Harland and Wolff and completed 1953. HMS Centaur was the only ship of the class to be completed to the original 1943 design. She served in the Royal Navy until 1965 and used for five years as an accommodation ship, she was sold and broken up in 1972.

HMS Centaur, 1963.

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Most of the photographs below have been sent by Swaine Warren.

A view of HMS Centaur's bridge 

Ammunition stores on HMS Centaur

HMS Centaur with HMS Bermuda and RFA Tidereach

HMS Centaur at Sydney Harbour

HMS Centaur with her crew spelling Brisbane 1859-1959.

HMS Centaur's aircraft line up for take off

HMS Centaur.

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A view along the deck of HMS Centaur.

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Coming in to land on the deck of HMS Centaur.

HMS Centaur at anchor.

HMS Centaur passes under the Forth Rail Bridge.

A plane is rescued from the edge of Centaur's deck.

 

HMS Centaur's anchor and Centaur at speed (below)

On the deck of the HMS Centaur.

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HMS Centaur with HMS Belfast

Centaur's aircraft in their stowed condition

Take off

Landing

HMS Centaur's deck with HMS Belfast and HMS Finnisterre behind.

One of HMS Centaur's aircraft lands safely.

HMS Centaur with D44 and RFA.

A Gannet landing on HMS Centaur.  Thanks to David Burgin.

45 Commando embarking on HMS Centaur bound for Tanganyika.  Thanks to David Burgin.

Crossing the line party on HMS Centaur, March 17th 1964, longitude 22.  Thanks to David Burgin

Crossing the line party on HMS Centaur, March 17th 1964, longitude 22.  Thanks to David Burgin

            

Here (above) are a couple of photos of HMS Centaur in Grand Harbour, Malta at night, 1965, and also officers and CPOs of the ship.  My father Robert Wye (Tiz) is Rear, Far Right  Also below is a photo of Tiz playing the Butler in the mad hatters tea party in 1965 (see message board).  -  Message and photos sent in by Daphne Oliver.

A view from HMS Centaur over a transport ship to HMS Finisterre.

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HMS Centaur Departing Devonport by Ivan Berryman.


HMS Centaur Departing Devonport by Ivan Berryman.

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