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HMAS Vengeance - Royal Australian Navy

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1944-1956

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HMAS Vengeance Association 50th Anniversary reunion, Redfern RSL Sydney, Austrlia was held on July 26th 2002 at 1100am. Any inquiries phone Eric  Bouvier on (Australia - Sydney) 93495158.

See also the HMS Vengeance Association web page

Colossus-class Light Fleet Carrier 

Vengeance was a light fleet aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy's Colossus Class. She was built by Swan Hunter, launched on 16th November, 1942, and commissioned 14th January, 1945.
 

Royal Australian Navy 1952-55

                        
The ship was loaned to the Royal Australian Navy on 13th November 1952, while the new HMAS Melbourne was being completed during the Korean war period.

HMAS Vengeance arrived in Sydney Harbour on 11 March 1953 with a total of 33 new aircraft on board, including 10 more Sea Furies (serialled between WJ279 and WM490). Captain O. H. Becher, DSO, DSC and bar was in command October 1954-December 1954. Initially Vengeance served as a training carrier, then a first-line carrier from late 1953, with 805 squadron Sea Furies. In September 1953, the Squadron embarked in HMAS Vengeance and on 5 October 1954 was disbanded at Royal Australian Naval Air Station Nowra. 

HMAS Vengeance

Among Vengeance's tasks in that period was the ferrying home from Korea of 77 Sqn. RAAF's Meteor fighter squadron in December 1954. She once again became a training carrier in 1954. Vengeance embarked a squadron of each aircraft type while HMAS Sydney retained her Korean mix  of two Sea Fury and one Firefly squadrons in preparation for more Korean service.

She returned to the Royal Navy 13th August, 1955 where she was placed in reserve. 
 
 
The Commanding Officers of  HMAS Vengeance
  • Captain O. H. Becher, DSO, DSC and bar     Oct. 1954-Dec. 1954 

 

Select online references:
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE RAN FLEET AIR ARM
HMAS Vengeance. In Military Aviation in Australia Units and Bases.
805 squadron RAN Fleet Air Arm History
Australia's Museum of Flight - The Aircraft Carrier Era.
Australian Armed Forces Contributions And Commanders In The Korean War
Gun Plot A personal  website about the Royal  Australian Navy
805 squadron recommissions Naval Officers Club.
Navy Days - HMAS Vengeance
Navy Nominal Roll
 
HMAS VENGEANCE
Type
Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Displacement
18,150 tons full load
Dimensions
Average: 630 x 80 x 23.5 feet/192 x 24.4 x 7 meters
Max: 695 x 80 x 23.5 feet/211.8 x 24.4 x 7 meters
Propulsion
Engines Steam turbines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts, delivering 40,000 shp
Speed 25 Knots
Range 5,900 miles (top speed)
Crew complement
1,300
Armament
24x 2-lb and 17x 40 mm anti-aircraft
Aircraft complement
27 aircraft

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