Seaplane Carrier


HMS Vindictive was a seaplane carrier built between 1916-1918, a converted Effingham (Hawkins) class cruiser. She was commissioned on 1 October 1918, and converted back to a cruiser in 1924 as the first Royal Navy cruiser with catapult gear. HMS Vindictive subsequently became a training ship in 1937, and repair ship in 1939 till the end of the war.

HMS Vindictive

Vindictive was laid up at Faslane in December 1945. Broken up from 1948.

 Battle Honours
No information

No information on Captains.

Squadrons and Aircraft
6 aircraft

Associations and Reunions
No information

Carrier name HMS Vindictive
Class  -
Type Seaplane Carrier
Ships in Class  -
Launched  1918
Tonnage  9,750 tons
Engines  4-shaft Parsons geared turbines, 12 Yarrow boilers, 60,000shp 
Speed in Knots  30 knots
Armament  Four 7.5inch/45cal Mk VI
Crew Complement  560
Length (ft/inches)  605
Beam (ft/inches)  65
Draught (ft/inches)  19
Flight Deck length (ft/inches)  
Flight Deck width (ft/inches)  
Armour  1-1.5inch deck.
Number of aircraft carried  6
Fate of carrier  Broken up from 1948

HMS Vindictive - Information by British  
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). 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

        Last Modified: 23-2-2001


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