Fearless Class

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The Assault landing Ships were proposed to update the dock landing ships which were used during world war two. This was to increase the capability of the Royal marines. Using the design of the Us Raleigh Class, the Fearless Class assault ship was proposed these were smaller than the us ships and were ordered in 1962. Two ships were built HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid.  They could carry 15 tanks and 27 vehicles plus 400 Royal Marines  or for a short period up to 700.  

Displacement: 11,060 tons  or 12,120 tons deep load.  Speed 21 Knots,  range 5000 nautical miles at 20 knots. Compliment: 580  plus 400 royal marines (700 short period)   Armament: two  40 mm 60 Calibre MK 9 Bofors and four Sea cat  GWS22  Sea to Air Missiles  

HMS Intrepid (L11) 25th June 1964 -
HMS Fearless (L10) 19th December 1963 -
 

In line abreast during 'Exercise Corsica 72' in the Mediterranean are HMS Fearless, HMS Intrepid, HMS Bulwark and HMS Ark Royal. (photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book 'Fearless and Intrepid 1965 - 2002'.  see bottom of page).

In July 1972 HMS Intrepid and HMS Fearless met at sea for the first time since the withdrawal from Aden.  (photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book 'Fearless and Intrepid 1965 - 2002'.  see bottom of page).