Allied Warships

HMS Vengeance (71)

Aircraft Carrier of the Colossus class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
ClassColossus 
Pennant71 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down16 Nov 1942 
Launched23 Feb 1944 
Commissioned15 Jan 1945 
End service 
History

HMS Vengeance served with the British Pacific Fleet in 1945/1946 and undertook an experimental Arctic cruise in during 1948/1949.

Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy from 13 November 1952 to 13 August 1955. Sold to Brazil as Minas Gerais December 1956. Refitted at Rotterdam during 1957/1960 with a 8.5 degree angled deck. Overhauled 1976/1980. Laid up in 1987 due to catapult problems. Refitted during 1991/1993. Recommissioned for further service in October 1993 but operated only ASW helicopters. Finally decommissioned in October 2001.

Sold to Indian shipbreakers early 2004 and left Brazil under tow for India on 9 February 2004
Arrived off Alang, India on 14 April and handed over to the breakers the next day.
On the 17th she was run ashore on the beach and demolition commenced.  

Commands listed for HMS Vengeance (71)

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1Capt. Douglas Mortimer Lewis Neame, DSO, RN27 Sep 194420 Aug 1946

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Notable events involving Vengeance include:


7 Jul 1945
Around 0630FG/7, the battleship HMS Anson (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) departed Trincomalee for Fremantle. She first conducted underway refuelling exercises off Trincomalee.

Around 0730FG/7 the light carriers HMS VengeanceColussus (Capt. G.H. Stokes,CB, DSC, RN) and the destroyers HMS Tyrian (Cdr. R.H. Mills, RN) and HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. P.B.N. Lewis, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for Fremantle.

They were joined around 1900FG/7 by the light carrier HMS Venerable (Capt. W.A. Dallmeyer, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.J.H. Harcourt, CB, CBE, RN) which had departed Colombo around 0800FG/7.

HMS Anson joined the other ships around 0630FG/8.

En-route to Fremantle both destroyers refuelled from HMS Anson.

They arrived at Fremantle around 0800H, 16 July 1945. (1)

16 Jul 1945
Around 1745H/16, the battleship HMS Anson (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN), light carriers HMS Venerable (Capt. W.A. Dallmeyer, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.J.H. Harcourt, CB, CBE, RN), HMS Vengeance (Capt. D.M.L. Neame, DSO and Bar, RN), Colussus (Capt. G.H. Stokes,CB, DSC, RN) and the destroyers HMS Tyrian (Cdr. R.H. Mills, RN) and HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. P.B.N. Lewis, DSC, RN) departed Fremantle for Sydney.

Around 2100H/16, HMS Anson was detached to fuel at Albany where she arrived around 1430H/17.

Around 1200H/18, HMS Anson departed Albany for Sydney.

All ships arrived at Sydney in the morning of 22 July except for HMS Tuscan which arrived in the afternoon and HMS Colossus which entered Jervis Bay in the morning of 22 July.

HMS Colossus proceeded from Jervis Bay to Sydney on 23 July. (1)

15 Aug 1945
The aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable (Capt. J.A.S. Eccles, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral C.H.J. Harcourt, CB, CBE, RN), light carriers HMS Venerable (Capt. W.A. Dallmeyer, DSO, RN), HMS Vengeance (Capt. D.M.L. Neame, DSO and Bar, RN), light cruisers HMS Bermuda (Capt. J.S. Bethell, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral C. Moody, CB, RN), HMS Swiftsure (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kempenfelt (Capt. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN), HMS Whirlwind (Cdr. W.A.F. Hawkins, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN), HMS Ursa (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, DSC, RN), HMS Tumult (Lt.Cdr. A.S. Pomeroy DSC, RN), HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. P.B.N. Lewis, DSC, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. R.H. Mills, RN) departed Sydney for Manus where they arrived on 19 August 1945. (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/120838 + ADM 53/121141 + ADM 53/122450 + ADM 53/122461
  2. ADM 53/120982 + ADM 53/121564 + ADM 53/122451 + ADM 53/122463 + ADM 187/51

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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