Colossus Class

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Aircraft Carrier histories. Royal Navy aircraft carriers of the Colossus Class. Aircraft carrier website dedicated to the history of HMS Colossus, HMS Glory, HMS Ocean, HMS Theseus, HMS Venerable, HMS Vengeance, HMS Warrior and HMS Triumph from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of Colossus class carriers.

HMS Theseus, Triumph, Warrior:- Displacement: 13,350 tons, standard,  18,300 tons deep load. 

HMS Glory, Ocean, Venerable, Vengeance  Displacement: 13,190 tons, standard, and 18,040 tons deep load.

Speed: 25 knots,  Compliment: 1300    Aircraft 37   Armament: 24 x 2 pounder pom poms.   (except Ocean  31  x 2 pounder Pom poms)

HMS Colossus 30th September 1943 Sold to France 1946.
HMS Glory 27th November 1943 Broken up 1961.
HMS Ocean 8th July 1944 Broken up 1962.
HMS Venerable 30th December 1943 Sold to Holland 1948.
HMS Vengeance 23rd February 1944 Sold to Brazil 1956.
HMS Theseus 6th July 1944 Broken up 1962.
HMS Triumph 2nd October 1944 Used as a repair ship in 1964.
HMS Warrior 20th May 1944 Sold to Argentina 1958.
HMS Perseus (ex HMS Edgar) 26th March 1944 Completed as aircraft maintenance ship
HMS Pioneer (ex HMS Mars) 20th May 1944 Completed as aircraft maintenance ship

HMS Colossus

HMS Colossus, possibly after becoming the French Arromanche

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HMS Glory

HMS Glory.

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HMS Glory at Grand Harbour, Malta. She is carrying a deck cargo as well as aircraft and she also embarked Army, Navy and RAF personnel.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

HMS Glory flying her paying-off pennant on 8th December 1950, Glory leaves Grand Harbour to return to Devonport.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

HMS Glory enters Malta Grand Harbour on her voyage home to Portsmouth on 25th June 1953.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

HMS Glory at sea during her work-up in the Eastern Mediterranean. Barracudas of 837 Squadron and Corsairs of 1831 Squadron are on her deck.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

HMS Venerable

HMS Venerable

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HMS Venerable, September 1947.

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HMS Vengeance

HMS Vengeance, October 1948.

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HMS Vengeance, October 1948.

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HMS Vengeance, October 1956.

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HMS Vengeance 1947.  (?)

MB403 after a crash on Vengeance, November 1948.  Surgeon  Lt "Doc" Lennan

SP325 on HMS Vengeance, 1947

Sea Fire SX123 crashed on HMS Vengeance 1947

Another view of the crashed SX123

HMS Triumph

HMS Triumph, January 1947.

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HMS Triumph, 1948.

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HMS Triumph, as repair ship, March 1968.

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HMS Triumph.   

HMS Triumph.

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The following information was sent in by "Stuart" - thanks for the contribution.

HMS Triumph (Colussus Class) was indeed converted into a Fleet Heavy Repair Ship in 1964. She spent much of her time in that role moored on the North Wall in Chatham Dockyard's No. 3 Basin. She was sold to a spanish ship breakers and left Chatham shortly before the dockyard closed in 1984.  HMS Bulwark spent her final days in Portsmouth harbour. I remember she was moored astern of HMS Tiger in 1982. I believe she was sold for scrap in 1983.  HMS Hermes was coverted to an Anti-submarine Carrier and fitted with a 'Ski-Jump' for Sea Harriers.  She commissioned in that role, I think in 1979. She was de-commissioned once the current Ark Royal was completed and was sold to India in 1986 or 1987. I believe she still serves in the Indian Navy,  I think under the name 'Vikrant'.

HMS Perseus

HMS Perseus, June 1948.

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HMS Pioneer

HMS Pioneer, May 1948.

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