INDEX OF NAVAL
Fleet Carrier/Comando Carrier
|Bulwark Service History
Bulwark and her sister ship Albion took part in the Suez attacks on Egypt in 1956, but were then converted to helicopter carriers in 1959-60 and 1961-62, respectively. Carrying 700-900 Royal Marines and embarking 16 Westland Wessex helicopters, they served off Aden and during the crisis with Indonesia in 1966. Albion was scrapped in 1972 and Bulwark placed in reserve in 1976. However, she was recommissioned in 1979 as an anti-submarine helicopter carrier, releasing HMS Hermes from an amphibious warfare role. Bulwark paid off at Portsmouth on 27 March 1981. She was de-stored and prepared for disposal April 1981, once Invincible was operational.
Plans were made for reactivation during 1982 due to the Falklands war but were later abandoned, when surveyed to be in too poor a state of repair to be recommissioned. Scrapped at Cairn Ryan from 17 April 1984.
None in WWII.
None in WWII.
Squadrons and Aircraft
None in WWII.
Associations and Reunions
HMS Bulwark, Albion and Centaur Association
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Carrier name HMS Bulwark Class Centaur Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier Ships in Class Albion, Centaur, Hermes, Bulwark, Elephant, Monmouth, Arrogant & Polyphemus Launched Built by Harland & Wolff. Laid down 10 May 1945. Launched 22 June 1948. Completed 4 November 1954. Tonnage Displacement: 20,260 tons standard ; 26,200 tons full load Engines Propulsion: 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, Parsons geared turbines, 76,000 shp Speed in Knots Speed: 28 knots Armament Armament: 2 sextuple Bofors 40 mm AA ; 8 twin Bofors 40 mm ; 4 single Bofors 40 mm ; 4 single 3 pdr saluting guns Crew Complement Complement: 1390 (including air group) Range Range: 5,040 nmiles at 20 knots ; 3,500 tons fuel oil Length (ft/inches) Dimensions: 737.75 oa x 120.5 x 27.8 feet Beam (ft/inches) Draught (ft/inches) Flight Deck length (ft/inches) Flight Deck width (ft/inches) Armour Armour: 1 to 2 inch flight deck Number of aircraft carried Aircraft: up to 42 Fate of carrier De-stored April 1981. Plans for reactivation 1982 Falklands war but abandoned. Scrapped from April 1984. Notes Eight ships of the Centaur class were ordered during the second world war as enlarged follow-ons to the Majestics, with more powerful machinery allowing fleet speeds. Four ships (Hermes, Monmouth, Arrogant & Polyphemus) were cancelled in October 1945, the first two of which had been laid down and were broken up on the slipway. To maintain the famous carrier name, one of the ships to be completed, Elephant, was renamed Hermes. Of the four ships completed only the first, Centaur, was completed to the original design with an axial flight deck although a small extension was soon added to allow an angled landing area.
FURTHER INFORMATION The Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm HMS Bulwark 1958 NAM 1 A/E Jim Cowell 849 Squadron, 'D' Flight AEW.1 (AD-4W) HMS Bulwark 1948-1984 Ken Burns, Mike Critchley, Maritime Books Liskeard 1986. A distillation of her 10 commissions with excellent photographs, a chapter on her construction and her finale in 1979-1981. HMS Bulwark, Notice Board Page for naval enthusiasts and ex ships company of HMS Bulwark Welcome to H.M.S BULWARK 1969-72 THE RUSTY "B" in Stories and tales of a Matelot Welcome to my site about Her Majesty's Warships on which I have served. email@example.com World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8
The World’s Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Jane's London 1941 1st ed.
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639