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Light Fleet Carrier
Theseus was a Commando carrier at Suez, November 1956. Reserve 1957. Stricken 1960. Broken up May 1962 at Inverkeithing.
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Carrier name HMS Theseus Class Colossus Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier Ships in Class Colossus, Vengeance, Venerable, Pioneer, Glory, Ocean, Perseus, Theseus, Triumph, Warrior Launched Laid down 6 January 1943. Launched 6 July 1944. Commissioned 9 February 1946 Tonnage Displacement: 13,400 tons standard ; 18,330 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 ; 32 x 20 mm Crew Complement Compliment: 1300 (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 Aircraft: 48 Fate of carrier Stricken 1960. Broken up May 1962. Notes Scaled down version of Illustrious class but with a large aircraft compliment achieved by a lack of armour. Designed for rapid construction in merchant yards to make up for the shortfall in carriers but much more capable than escort carriers. Perseus and Pioneer were completed as maintenance carriers without catapults. After the war various units of the class were sold or reconstructed with angled decks or as helicopter carriers.
FURTHER INFORMATION 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