INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
Ex HMAS Albatross (Australia)
With impending war, she was transferred to the RN in 1938, being recommissioned for voyage to the UK on 19 April 1938. Commissioned in RN service as HMS Albatross (I22) 29 September 1938, she served as a trials ship. Decommissioned to reserve 15 December 1938 and used as an accommodations ship until recommissioned 25 August 1939. She operated as a trade protection ship off West Africa and in the Indian Ocean. Decommissioned to reserve 5 November 1943, then converted to a repair ship for escorts and minesweepers and recommissioned 17 April 1944; rearmed with eight 2 pound AA and six 20 mm. Torpedoed 11 Aug 1944; judged not worth repairing. Placed in reserve 30 August 1944 but recommissioned as a minesweeper depot hulk November 1944. To reserve for disposal July 1945. Sold for conversion to a luxury cruise ship in 1946 but conversion plans cancelled and resold as Hellenic Prince in 1948, becoming an refuge transport ship. Scrapped at Hong Kong starting 12 August 1954.
RN 1938-45 (also RANAS Nowra, NSW 1946-date): Atlantic 1939-43, Normandy 1944.
Squadrons and Aircraft
Squadrons and aircraft in 1939-1945.
Associations and Reunions
Ship name HMS Albatross. Ex HMAS Albatross Class - Type Seaplane Carrier Ships in Class - Launched - Tonnage Displacement: 6,350 tons full load Engines Propulsion: Steam turbines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts, 12,000 shp Speed in Knots 21 knots Armament Armament: 4 4.7/50, 4 2 pound AA Crew Complement 450 Range - Length (ft/inches) Dimensions: 443 x 61 x 17 feet Beam (ft/inches) - Draught (ft/inches) - Flight Deck length (ft/inches) - Flight Deck width (ft/inches) - Armour none Number of aircraft carried 9 seaplanes Fate of carrier Scrapped at Hong Kong starting 12 August 1954. Notes -
FURTHER INFORMATION These pages are part of british-forces.com. Ship related carrier information. World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway American based World Aircraft Carrier Lists & Photo Gallery - one of the definitive online sources for British and world aircraft carrier & seaplane tender data, histories and images - over 1000 photos. 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)(1944). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639