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HMS Centaur - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Centaur

Name : HMS Centaur
Laid Down : 30th May 1944
Launched : 22nd April 1947
Completed : 1st September 1953
Type : Aircraft Carrier
Class : Centaur
Builder : Harland and Wolff
Country : UK
Pennants : R06
Fate : Scrapped 19th July 1972.

Deck Letter C. Royal Naval light fleet carrier HMS Centaur built by Harland and Wolff and completed 1953. HMS Centaur was the only ship of the class to be completed to the original 1943 design. She served in the Royal Navy until 1965 and used for five years as an accommodation ship, she was sold and broken up in 1972.

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HMS Centaur, 1963.


On the deck of HMS Centaur.


A view along the deck of HMS Centaur.


A view from HMS Centaur over a transport ship to HMS Finisterre


HMS Centaur.

Timeline Entries :


22nd April 1947 - Launched
2nd October 1951 - In Collission
1st September 1953 - Commissioned
8th October 1954 - Exercising off Malta
15th October 1954 - Review in the Presence of the Emperor of Ethiopia
27th October 1954 - Sailed Trieste
25th August 1959 - Participated in Exercice Jet59
4th April 1961 - Sailed Portsmouth
9th April 1961 - Arrived Plymouth
10th April 1961 - Sailed Plymouth
14th April 1961 - Arrived Gibraltar
17th April 1961 - Sailed Gibraltar
29th April 1961 - Arrived Malta
8th May 1961 - Sailed Malta
19th May 1961 - Arrived Messina
23rd May 1961 - Sailed Messina
2nd June 1961 - Arrived Barcelona
5th June 1961 - Passed through Suez
7th June 1961 - Sailed Barcelona
13th June 1961 - Arrived Gibraltar
30th June 1961 - Sailed Gibraltar
4th July 1961 - In the Mediterranean preparing for the Persian Gulf
10th July 1961 - Arrived Aden
21st July 1961 - Sailed Aden
31st July 1961 - Arrived Kuwait
14th August 1961 - Sailed Kuwait
20th August 1961 - Arrived Aden
21st August 1961 - Sailed Aden
29th August 1961 - Arrived Gibraltar
30th August 1961 - Sailed Gibraltar
1st September 1961 - Arrived Plymouth
5th November 1963 - Captain O. H. M. St. J. Steiner, R.N. in Command
5th November 1963 - Commissioned
16th November 1963 - Commenced Sea Trials
28th November 1963 - Completed Sea Trials
21st December 1963 - Sailed Portsmouth
31st December 1963 - Transit Suez Canal
5th January 1964 - Arrived Aden
10th January 1964 - Commenced Work up off Aden
10th January 1964 - Sailed Aden
19th January 1964 - Completed Work Up
20th January 1964 - Marine landings at Dar-eS-Salaam
22nd January 1964 - En route to East African Waters
30th January 1964 - Arrived Mombassa
3rd February 1964 - Sailed Mombassa
12th February 1964 - Arrived Singapore
3rd March 1964 - Sailed Singapore
13th March 1964 - Arrived Subic Bay
16th March 1964 - Sailed Subic Bay
16th March 1964 - Work Up off Subic Bay
25th March 1964 - Completed Work Up
27th March 1964 - Arrived Hong Kong
13th April 1964 - Sailed Hong Kong
15th April 1964 - Commenced Exercise High Up
18th April 1964 - Completed Exercise High Up
19th April 1964 - Arrived Pulau Tioman. Sailed same day
25th April 1964 - Arrived Pulau Tioman
26th April 1964 - Sailed Pulau Tioman
30th April 1964 - Arrived Singapore
14th May 1964 - Sailed Singapore
22nd May 1964 - Arrived Aden
23rd May 1964 - Sailed Aden
30th May 1964 - Arrived Mombassa
2nd June 1964 - Sailed Aden
2nd June 1964 - Arrived Madras
12th June 1964 - Sailed Mombassa
20th June 1964 - Arrived Aden
6th July 1964 - Sailed Madras
8th July 1964 - Exercise "BUTTERCUP"
13th July 1964 - Exercise "BUTTERCUP" Completed
15th July 1964 - Arrived Singapore
24th July 1964 - Sailed Singapore
24th July 1964 - Exercise "FOTEX"
6th August 1964 - Exercise "FOTEX"Completed
7th August 1964 - Arrived Singapore
11th August 1964 - Exercise "JADEX"
11th August 1964 - Sailed Singapore
14th August 1964 - Exercise "JADEX" Completed
15th August 1964 - Arrived Singapore
1st September 1964 - Sailed Singapore
1st September 1964 - Patrol East Coast Malaya
11th September 1964 - Patrol East Coast Malaya Completed
12th September 1964 - Arrived Pulau Tioman
13th September 1964 - Sailed Pulau Tioman
14th September 1964 - Arrived Singapore
17th September 1964 - Sailed Singapore
25th September 1964 - Arrived Hong Kong
12th October 1964 - Sailed Hong Kong
17th October 1964 - Arrived Subic Bay
19th October 1964 - Sailed Subic Bay
29th October 1964 - Arrived Singapore
2nd November 1964 - Sailed Singapore
2nd November 1964 - Anti-Invasion Patrol of Malaysia
16th November 1964 - Anti-Invasion Patrol of Malaysia Completed
17th November 1964 - Arrived Singapore
25th November 1964 - Sailed Singapore
4th December 1964 - Arrived Aden
6th December 1964 - Sailed Aden
13th December 1964 - Suez Canal Transit
21st December 1964 - Arrived Portsmouth
8th April 1965 - Sailed Portsmouth
12th April 1965 - Work-up off Gibraltar and Malta
12th April 1965 - Arrived Gibraltar
13th April 1965 - Sailed Gibraltar
22nd April 1965 - Work-up off Gibraltar and Malta Completed
23rd April 1965 - Arrived Malta
5th May 1965 - Sailed Malta
6th May 1965 - Arrived Naples
10th May 1965 - Sailed Naples
15th May 1965 - Arrived Malta
19th May 1965 - Sailed Malta
24th May 1965 - Arrived Istanbul
28th May 1965 - Sailed Istanbul
29th May 1965 - Arrived Izmir. Sailed same day
3rd June 1965 - Exercise "AIGRETTE"
10th June 1965 - Exercise "AIGRETTE" Completed
11th June 1965 - Arrived Gibraltar
26th June 1965 - Sailed Gibraltar
5th July 1965 - Arrived Gibraltar
19th July 1965 - Sailed Gibraltar
20th July 1965 - Arrived Lisbon
25th July 1965 - Sailed Lisbon
30th July 1965 - Arrived Belfast
5th August 1965 - Sailed Belfast
6th August 1965 - Arrived in the Clyde
10th August 1965 - Fleet Review in The Clyde
10th August 1965 - Fleet Review by H.M. the Queen
12th August 1965 - Sailed the Clyde
13th August 1965 - Arrived Liverpool
18th August 1965 - Sailed Liverpool
20th August 1965 - Arrived Portsmouth
27th September 1965 - Decommissioned
1972 - Broken up

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HMS Centaur Departing Devonport by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Centaur 1943-1972 by Neil McCart

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