INDEX OF NAVAL
Light Fleet Carrier
Became HMAS Sydney III 1948 (Australia)
HMS Terrible was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Sydney
III on 16 February 1948. Commissioned 5 February 1949. In 1951 and 1952
HMAS Sydney III operated with the United Nations forces in Korean waters.
She participated in many actions and created a light fleet carrier record
when she achieved 89 aircraft sorties in one day.
HMAS Sydney 1949 - Sea Furies overhead.
HMAS Sydney was converted to a transport 1962. Stricken 1973. Broken up 1975 in South Korea.
The extant Fairey Firefly WB271 of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, Yeovilton (UK) entered service with 814 squadron at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, in July 1949 and spent nine months at sea with HMS Vengeance and afterwards to Korea. She was then transferred to the Royal Australian Navy and served on the Carrier ‘Sydney’ before conversion for target towing duties in 1957 (see RNHF website).
None in WWII
None in WWII
Squadrons and Aircraft
None in WWII
The extant Fairey Firefly WB271 of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, Yeovilton (UK) flew from HMAS Sydney in the 1950s (ex HMS Terrible)
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Terrible. Transferred as HMAS Sydney 1948 (Australia) Class Majestic Class Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier Ships in Class Majestic, Terrible, Magnificent, Powerful, Leviathan, Hercules Launched Laid down 19 April 1943. Launched 30 September 1944. Transferred to Royal Australian Navy. Commissioned 5 February 1949. 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 Beam (ft/inches) Draught (ft/inches) Flight Deck length (ft/inches) Flight Deck width (ft/inches) Armour Number of aircraft carried 37 Fate of carrier Stricken 1973. Broken up 1975. 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.
FURTHER INFORMATION HMAS Sydney - in Britain's Small wars website Details of HMAS Sydney, the former HMS Terrible, and her Battle activities in the Korean war Australia's Museum of Flight Australia's aircraft carier history from the Australian FAA Museum HMAS Sydney The current HMAS Sydney and its website 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