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Friends to save the very last British, Commonwealth and South American Second World War Aircraft Carrier
Preservando a História da Naval Aviação Brasileira - Conte sua História. Incorporating Save the Vengeance Appeal.

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HMS VENGEANCE ASSOCIATION
HMS Vengeance Association reunion, Nottingham, April 2004
Further details: Secretary, Derek (Lew) Lewis Email. Association webpage

HMAS VENGEANCE ASSOCIATION
50th Anniversary reunion, Redfern RSL Sydney, Australia  held on July 26th 2002. Inquiries phone Eric  Bouvier on (Australia - Sydney) 93495158.

MINAS GERAIS ASSOCIATION
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This website was launched in December 2001 to commemorate joint Anglo - Brazilian Anniversaries: the first commissioning of HMS Vengeance on 16 December 1944 and her recommissioning in the Brazilian Navy on 6 December 1960 as NAeL Minas Gerais

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1620/01/2004 news update

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January-February 2004


HOPE RUNNING OUT FOR VENGEANCE- 
Investment financiers 11th hour efforts to save Vengeance

International investors are working closely with the Friends of HMS Vengeance for last minute rescue of the carrier in the light of the awareness raised by the recent Mail on Suinday and Daily Telegraph pleas, as well as the unrelated Ebay internet auction. The Ebay bidding process was launched by an independent and unknown Ebay seller when the bidding hit the highest Ebay figure ever – watched by 250,000 viewers!.

We are working closely with the international investors and a joint tender has gone out for shipyards to bid for undertaking work to restore HMS Vengeance and refit convert her into a floating museum. Deadline for expressions of interest requested by midday 15 January  and full quotes by 21 January (read the latest news).

The existing British owner of the carrier has indicated that a scrap merchants tug is on its way to collect the ship and deliver to a scrapyard in Asia.

Formal rescinding of HMS Vengeance/Minas Gerais ship ownership contract with H.J. Jienxiin (HK Jiexin Shipping) on 4 September 2003 according to Agencia Estado News. Ownership reported to be handed over to Arusha shpping with completion in December 2003. This paves the way to try and return the ship to the UK . (see information). Also see reports of Chinese plans in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . (see information).

Tragedy in July 2003 with crash of the HMS Vengeance’s former historic Fairey Firefly and loss of the two man crew of the Royal Navy Historic Flight (see information).

In 23 July 2002 the Minas Gerais tender bid with the Brazilan Navy agency EMGEPRON was won by H K Jiexin Shipping, a Hong Kong scrap merchant company created specifically to manage the old aircraft career. H K Jiexin  Shipping bid 1.9 million US dollars (5,7 million reais). The British based group, Vengeance campaign narrowly lost the bid by a few thousand reais. Under the Chinese bid the ship was due to be anchored in Zhoushan, a port close to Shanghai and outfitted with shops, bar and a small museum. The tender with the Chinese group was reportedly rescinded in September 2003 and the ship returned to EMGEPRON. (source Chinese Military Forum) (Source Brazil Estado de S. Paulo)(source ISTOE)

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