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HMS Hermes - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Hermes

Name : HMS Hermes
Laid Down : 21st June 1944
Launched : 16th February 1953
Completed : 18th November 1959
Type : Aircraft Carrier
Class : Centaur
Builder : Vickers Armstrong
Country : UK
Pennants : R12
Fate : Originally to be named Elephant, renamed Hermes 5th November 1945. To India (Viraat) November 1986.
Later became : INS Viraat

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HMS Hermes. Conducting vertical replenishment with RFA Regent in the North Atlantic, May 1975.


Wessex 436 (Regent Flight) Vertrep with HMS Hermes, North Atlantic, May 1975.


Wessex 436 (Regent Flight) Vertrep HMS Hermes, North Atlantic, May 1975.


Wessex WB (HMS Hermes) piloted by HRH Prince Charles. North Atlantic, May 1975.


HMS Hermes, September 1963.


HMS Hermes, 1963.


HMS Hermes, September 1969.


HMS Hermes, March 1973.


HMS Hermes, March 1973.


HMS Hermes, August 1974.


HMS Hermes, August 1974.


HMS Hermes, June 1977.


HMS Hermes, June 1977.


HMS Hermes, June 1977.


HMS Hermes, June 1977.


HMS Hermes.

Timeline Entries :


16th February 1953 - Launched
1st November 1959 - Captain David Tibbets DCS in Command
1st November 1959 - from Barrow on
25th November 1959 - Commissioned
26th November 1959 - Sailed Portsmouth for Shake Down Period
30th November 1959 - Arrived Gibraltar
4th December 1959 - Sailed Gibraltar for Portland
11th September 1963 - Took part in exercises of Devon
16th May 1966 - Arrived Plymouth
19th May 1966 - Initial sea trials in English Channel and to Devonport 16th May to 26th June 1966
26th June 1966 - Measured mile off Isle of Arran and to Portland Areas for flying trials
26th June 1966 - Sailed Plymouth
1st July 1966 - Arrived Lyme Bay
4th July 1966 - Sailed Lyme Bay
13th July 1966 - Arrived Plymouth
27th July 1966 - Sailed Plymouth
28th July 1966 - Arrived Portsmouth
25th August 1966 - Sailed Portsmouth
28th August 1966 - Arrived Gibraltar
2nd September 1966 - Sailed Gibraltar
9th September 1966 - Arrived Portsmouth
21st September 1966 - Sailed Portsmouth
23rd September 1966 - Off SW Wales (RNAS Brawdy)
24th September 1966 - Commenced Workup in Moray Firth Areas
4th October 1966 - Completed Workup
6th October 1966 - Arrived Hamburg
10th October 1966 - Sailed Hamburg
11th October 1966 - Commenced second Workup in Moray Firth Areas
20th October 1966 - Completed second Workup
21st October 1966 - Arrived Rosyth Dockyard for SMP
7th November 1966 - Ex Roedean in NW approaches and workup continued off SW Wales then Lyme Bay.
7th November 1966 - Sailed Rosyth
18th November 1966 - At Portsmouth
18th November 1966 - Completed Exercise Roedean
16th January 1967 - Flyex in Lyme bay and proceed to Gibraltar for flyex.
26th January 1967 - Sailed Portsmouth
6th February 1967 - At Gibraltar for SMP
20th February 1967 - Completed SMP at Gibraltar
23rd February 1967 - Flyex off Malta
24th February 1967 - Arrived Naples
28th February 1967 - Sailed Naples
1st March 1967 - Ex Poker Hand IV in Tyrrhenian Sea with USN off Tobruk
9th March 1967 - Completed Exercise Poker Hand
10th March 1967 - Off Sigonella Sicily and to Malta for flyex
16th March 1967 - Arrived Malta and sail for Ex Dawn Clear 31st March to 7th April.
31st March 1967 - Sailed Maltar for Ex Dawn Clear
7th April 1967 - Completed Ex Dawn Clear
7th April 1967 - Arrived Malta
8th April 1967 - Sailed Malta
2nd May 1967 - Transit Suez Canal to Aden
12th May 1967 - Arrived Athens
18th May 1967 - Sailed Athens
31st May 1967 - Arrived Aden
10th June 1967 - Sailed Aden
20th June 1967 - Arrived Penang
22nd June 1967 - Arrived Singapore for SMP
17th July 1967 - Sailed Singapore
31st July 1967 - Arrived Hong Kong 31st July to 7th August
7th August 1967 - Sailed Hong Kong
12th August 1967 - Arrived Subic Bay
14th August 1967 - Sailed Subic Bay
28th August 1967 - Arrived Fremantle
4th September 1967 - Sailed Freemantle
1st December 1967 - Arrived Mombasa
10th December 1967 - Sailed Mombasa to Aden
25th December 1967 - At Aden. Khor El Quwai.
14th October 1968 - Arrived Sydney
1983 - Sold to India

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HMS Hermes by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Hermes 1923 & 1959 by Neil McCart with foreword by Rear-Admiral K A Snow


Storm Force to the Falklands by Anthony Saunders


Falklands Task Force by Ivan Berryman.


South Atlantic Task Force by Robert Taylor.

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