H.M.S. HERMES

Published: 23-06-2015 photo #29055 1 comments 0 votes

Category:Navy - Aircraft Carrier - Navy - Modern    Manufacturer:Vickers Ltd, Barrow, United Kingdom    Country:United Kingdom    Year:1977 Contributor:David T. Jackson

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HMS “Hermes” (R12) at the Jubilee Naval Review, Spithead, 28th June 1977
Operator: Royal Navy
Type: Amphibious warfare ship
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness
Displacement: 23,900 standard, 28,700 full load
Dimensions (L x B): 226.9 m x 27.4 m (hull)/48.8 m (flight deck)
Max. draft: 8.8 m
Engines: Parsons geared turbines turbines, total 76,000 s.h.p.; 4 shafts
Speed: 28 knots
Missile launchers: 2 x quadruple “Seacat” eaither side
Aircraft: 20 Wessex “Sea King” & “Sioux” halicopters
Complement: 980 + commando of 750 (a second commando can be carried in emergencies)
Laid down 21 June 1944 as a conventional aircraft carrier (originally intended to be named “Elephant” but work suspended in 1945
Work resumed 1952 & launched 6 February 1953
Completed 18 November 1958 as as HMS “Hermes”
Converted to commando carrier 1971-73
Underwent further refittings in 1988-81 & 1981
Decommissioned 1984
Sold 1986 to Indian Navy, renamed INS “Viraat”

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