HMS Cavendish

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HMS Vindictive (was HMS Cavendish  re named HMS Vindictive) Built by Harland and Wolf, Belfast and launched 17th January 1918.  She was re designed as a aircraft carrier and renamed HMS Vindictive (to commemorate the Old Cruiser which had been used as a block ship in the raids at Zeebrugge and Ostend.  She was designed to carry six folding Seaplanes. Commissioned in October 1918 for Flying Squadron, Grand Fleet. she was sent to the Baltic in 1919 and on the 6th of July ran aground in Biorko Sound. Causing serious damage. A total of 2200 tons of equipment had to be removed before the ship could be re floated. repaired at Portsmouth between August 1919 and March 1920. HMS Cavendish went into the reserve Fleet.  Used for Trooping Duties 1920 to 1923.  Between 1923 and 1925 she was re converted back to a Cruiser, and served during world war two as a repair ship. Served with the South Atlantic fleet 1940 to 1942. then Mediterranean Fleet 1943 - 1944 and Home Fleet and reserve 1945. Finally being Scrapped at Blyth February 1946

HMS Vindictive.

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HMS Vindictive, 1919.

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HMS Vindictive early 1919.

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HMS Vindictive.

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HMS Vindictive 

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HMS Vindictive with flight deck 1918/ early 1919.

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Royal Navy Training Ship HMS Vindictive

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Royal Navy Training Ship HMS Vindictive

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Royal Navy Training Ship HMS Vindictive.

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HMS Vindictive.

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Crossing the line on HMS Vindictive, c.1940.  Contributed by Ken Hall.

Although originally an aircraft carrier HMS Vindictive became a cruiser in 1925, served as a training ship in 1936-37 and then as a repair ship in 1940. In this role she served in the South Atlantic from 1940-42, followed by a stint in the Mediterranean Fleet from 1943-44, ending up in the Home fleet and reserve in 1945. HMS Effingham served in the Americas and West Indies during 1939 transferring to Atlantic escort and Home fleet duties in 1940. HMS Frobisher served in the Eastern fleet from 1942-44 then in the Home fleet in 1944 and became a training ship in 1945. HMS Hawkins served in the South Atlantic from 1940-41, later in 1941-42 she served in the East Indies and transferred to the Eastern fleet from 1942-44. Hawkins was used as a training ship in 1944-45 after serving in the Home fleet in 1944, and was then put into reserve in 1945.