FRIENDS OF HMS VENGEANCE

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Here's a quick overview of what we envision...

Friends to save for the Nation the last British, Commonwealth and South American
Second World War Aircraft Carrier
Preservando a História da Naval Aviação Brasileira
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A complete Naval Heritage centre
  • The VENGEANCE will form a complete Naval Heritage centre, bridging the gap between history and present day Aerospace, Information Technology and the Defence Industries. Facilities will include heritage, educational and activities centres, trade exhibition facilities, recreational & tourism areas, shops, and of course the anticipated centerpiece, the VENGEANCE, restored to all her splendour.


Anticipated 
Highlights
  • A entrance Visitor Centre featuring a multimedia presentation of VENGEANCE's long naval career from 1942.
  • Historical displays, crew and naval aviation memorabilia on display.
  • Carrier aircraft and equipment displays from Australia, Brazil and UK. 
  • Guided and self directed tours of  the ship, hanger, flight deck, engine room, ops room, messs rooms, galley, dentist, and the bridge.
  • Cinema with short films and videos, a flight simulators for virtual reality experiences. 
  • Conference, Business and University facilities and corporate entertainment opportunities.
  • Veteran Reunion and Group activity programmes.
  • Centre for Learning - Educational and Community events including exhibitions about Brazil and Australia, and aircraft cockpits for hand-on approach.
  • Stop overs in the local area by ship cruises.
  • Part of local and regional history tourist routes.
  • Onboard cafe and shop selling memorabilia, Australian, Brazilan and British products


Project Costs
  • A feasibility study and business plan are currently being developed and will determine amount required for relocation, restoration, and berthing pier improvements. Comparisons are being made with the preserved aircraft carriers in the USA where they have up to 20 years of preservation experience, and with our own warships and other large preserved ships such as the Belfast, Cavalier, Warrior etc.
  • Financed through entrance fees, educational and study activities, special events and programmes, corporate activities, commercial sector partnerships, community contributions and Investment Plan (CLI).  Some economic development grants and financing.


Admission Price
  • Various tour options, Group and family plans, special discounts for military, children, veterans senior citizens will make a visit to the VENGEANCE affordable and competitive with other South and SW England attractions. 
  • Multi destination promotions will also be featured linking with County Councils,  City Councils, and Tourist Authorities. 


Projected Location
  • If the ship goes to Plymouth, Falmouth, SW England or Southampton she will be in a convenient location within minutes of major city centres and routes of communication within easy road access to the ship in place. 


Anticipated 
Opening
  • Because the VENGEANCE is in such good condition we estimate that some areas of the ship could be ready for visitors as early as 1-3 months after its arrival in the UK.
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