Light Fleet Carrier


HMS Leviathan was built by Swan Hunter, laid down on 18 October 1943 and launched 7 June 1945. She was never completed, her boilers being removed in 1968 to refit the damaged 25 de Mayo. Scrapped from May 1968.
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Carrier name HMS Leviathan
Class Majestic Class
Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Ships in Class Majestic, Terrible, Magnificent, Powerful, Leviathan, Hercules
Launched Laid down October 1943. Launched June 1945. Never completed. 
Tonnage Displacement: 14,224 tons standard ; 18,085 tons full load
Engines Propulsion: Steam Turbines (4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, Parsons geared turbines), 40,000 shp.
Speed in Knots Speed: 25 knots
Armament Guns: 24 x 2 pdr AA ; 19 x 40 mm 
Crew Complement Compliment: 1100 (including air group)
Range  Range: 12,000 nmiles at 14 knots
Length (ft/inches) Dimensions: 630 pp, 650 wl, 695 oa x 80 x 23.5 feet
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Number of aircraft carried 37
Fate of carrier Never completed. Scrapped from May 1968.
Notes Originally part of the Colossus class, these last six ships were completed to a slightly modified design more suited to operating heavier aircraft. None commissioned into the Royal Navy, all but one being sold.

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). Janes London 1941 1st ed. 

Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639

World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway  
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