INDEX OF NAVAL
(originally named Audacious)
Fleet Air Craft Carrier
HMS Eagle leaving Valetta harbour, Malta 1965
Eagle was paid off on 26 January 1972, she was de-stored and de-equipped on February 1972, after which she was towed to Plymouth 6 August 1972 and used for spares to support Ark Royal over the next six years. She was stricken October 1978 and broken up at Cairn Ryan, Wigtownshire.
No WWII Battle Honours.
No WWII Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
No WWII squadrons and aircraft in 1939-1945.
Associations and Reunions
HMS Eagle Survivors 1942 Association. Also see HMS Eagle website
Contact: A `Les` Goodenough, 3 Brimpton Road, Reading, Berks. RG30 3HY.
HMS Eagle Communications Department 1962 to last commission Email: email@example.com or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrier name HMS Audacious (renamed Eagle on Commissioning) Class Audaceous Type Fleet Aircraft Carrier Ships in Class Audacious, Eagle, Ark Royal Launched Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast. Laid down 24 October 1942. Launched 19 March 1946. Completed 1 October 1951. Tonnage As built: Displacement: 41,200 tons standard ; 49,950 tons full load Engines Propulsion: 8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 4 shafts, Parsons SR geared turbines, 152,000 shp Speed in Knots Speed: 30.5 knots Armament Armament: 8 twin 4.5-inch / 45 Mk 6 DP turrets ; 8 sextuple Bofors 40 mm AA ; 2 twin Bofors 40 mm ; 9 single Bofors 40 mm ; 4 single 3 pdr saluting guns Crew Complement Complement: 2750 (including air group) Range Range: 7,000 nmiles at 14 knots ; 5,500 tons fuel oil Length (ft/inches) Dimensions: 803.75 oa x 112.75 x 35.6 feet Beam (ft/inches) Draught (ft/inches) Flight Deck length (ft/inches) Flight Deck width (ft/inches) Armour Armour: 4.5 inch belt ; 1.5 inch hangar sides ; 1 to 2.5 inch hangar deck ; 4 inch (above hangar) 1.5 inch (rest) flight deck Number of aircraft carried Aircraft: over 60 Fate of carrier Paid off January 1972. De-stored and de-equipped February 1972. Stricken October 1978 and broken up at Cairn Ryan, Wigtownshire. Notes Due to the various refits undergone by these ships their technical details are listed individually.
Paid off for modernisation and major refit at Devonport Dockyard 11 May 1959. Refit commenced 30 October 1959.
This ship became the last of the Royal Navy's conventional carriers in the 20th century.
FURTHER INFORMATION H.M.S. EAGLE 1964 - 1966 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