Implacable Class

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Implacable Class   

HMS Implacable (R86) and HMS Indefatigable (R10).  Modified Illustrious class fleet carriers.  Both ships laid down in 1939

HMS Implacable laid down 21st February 1939 and built at Fairfield Shipyard on the Clyde.  Work stopped in 1940 as Naval priority was given to destroyers and other escort ships.  Finally launched 10th December 1942.  Completed 28th August 1944.  While on the Clyde, Squadrons 828 and 841 NAS were embarked with 1771 NAS Squadron equipped with Seafire joined on 22nd September 1944.  Work completed at Scapa Flow and the ship joined the Home Fleet on the 7th October 1944.  Her first mission was to relocate the German battleship Tirpitz and the ship was sighted by two Firefly aircraft from the carrier.  Two days later on the 28th October her Barracudas carried out the last airborne torpedo attack by the Royal Navy with 7 merchant ships sunk and 7 others damaged with the German U-boat 1060 driven onto a reef to become a total loss.  During this mission one aircraft was lost.  The carrier was damaged by heavy seas on the 28th of November 1944 and returned to Scapa Flow.  In March 1945 her refit at Rosyth Dockyard was completed, having begun three months earlier.  In July 1945 the ship's aircraft flew over 100 sorties against Japanese targets.  She was again refitted in March 1946 at Sydney, and two months later set sail for the UK, arriving in Portsmouth on the 3rd of June 1946.  On the 1st of September 1954 she was paid off into reserve and placed on the disposal list, and arrived at Inverkeithing in November 1955 for scrapping.

HMS Implacable 10th December 1942 Broken up 1955.
HMS Indefatigable 8th December 1942 Broken up 1956.

HMS Implacable

HMS Implacable Leaving Portsmouth January 1949.

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HMS Implacable at Portsmouth 1948.

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HMS Implacable, 1944.

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HMS Implacable, July 1946.

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HMS Implacable, 1950

HMS Implacable 1950