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HMS Courageous - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Courageous

Name : HMS Courageous
Laid Down :
Launched : 21st February 1928
Completed :
Type : Aircraft Carrier
Class : Courageous
Builder : Armstrong
Country : UK
Pennants : 50
Fate : Converted to aircraft carrier between June 1924 and February 1928. Sunk 17th September 1939.
Was previously : HMS Courageous

HMS Glorious and her sister ship HMS Courageous were converted into aircraft carriers after it was discovered that the firing of their main armament was causing structural damage to the ships. HMS Glorious was converted in 1930. An interesting fact, was that their main armament of 15inch guns were stored and finally re used for the last battleship of the Royal Navy, HMS Vanguard. The four 15-inch guns from HMS Glorious were mounted aft, and those from Courageous were mounted forward on HMS Vanguard.

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HMS Courageous, May 1935.


HMS Courageous, May 1935.


HMS Courageous, July 1935.


HMS Courageous, May 1937.


HMS Courageous, May 1937.


HMS Courageous, May 1937.


HMS Courageous, May 1937.


HMS Courageous, June 1938.


HMS Courageous.


HMS Courageous pictured c.1930


HMS Courageous pictured after refits c.1936.


HMS Courageous c.1930.


HMS Courageous pictured c.1930


HMS Courageous

Timeline Entries :


18th March 1929 - Exercising off North Africa Coast
19th March 1929 - Arrived Pollensa Bay
11th April 1929 - Arrived Gulf of Tropez
22nd April 1929 - Sailed Gulf of Tropez
23rd April 1929 - Arrived Rapallo Bay
30th April 1929 - Sailed Rapallo Bay
10th August 1929 - Arrived Argostoli
19th August 1929 - Sailed Argostoli
21st August 1929 - Arrived Malta
6th January 1932 - Sailed Portsmouth
26th January 1932 - Sailed Portsmouth for Cruise
29th January 1932 - Arrived Malta
1st October 1932 - Capt. F. Elliott, OBE in Command
1st October 1932 - Home Fleet
26th January 1933 - Arrived Gulf of Patras
7th March 1933 - Sailed Malta for Pollensa Bay
15th March 1933 - Sailed Palma for Gibraltar
2nd May 1933 - Decommissioned
2nd May 1933 - Recommissioned
2nd May 1933 - Decommissioned at Portsmouth
22nd June 1933 - Arrived Rothesay
15th February 1934 - Completed alterations at Portsmouth
15th February 1934 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral Hon. Sir Alexander Ramsey
15th February 1934 - Capt. Brian Egerton in Command
23rd February 1934 - Sailed Portsmouth for Gibraltar
23rd February 1934 - Sailed Portsmouth for Gibraltar
27th February 1934 - Arrived Gibraltar
7th April 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar for UK
12th April 1934 - Arrived Portsmouth
14th May 1934 - Capt. Hon. G. Fraser Assumed Command
18th May 1934 - Arrived Portland
25th June 1934 - Sailed Rosyth for Cromarty
26th June 1934 - Arrived Cromarty
9th September 1934 - Arrived the Humber
27th October 1934 - Arrived Rosyth
3rd November 1934 - Arrived Portsmouth
5th December 1934 - Arrived Spithead for flying training
9th December 1934 - Taken in hand at Portsmouth for periodical refit
29th December 1934 - Out of Dockyard hands at Portsmouth
10th January 1935 - Sailed Portsmouth for Gibraltar and Malta
15th January 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar
18th January 1935 - Arrived Malta
20th January 1935 - Sailed Malta
4th March 1935 - Captain Brian Egerton in Command
24th May 1935 - Arrived Scapa Flow
16th July 1935 - Attended 1935 Spithead Fleet Review
17th September 1935 - Sailed Spithead
1st September 1936 - Sailed Portsmouth for Whitby
11th September 1936 - Arrived Rosyth
25th September 1936 - Sailed Rosyth for Invergordon
25th September 1936 - Arrived Invergordon
25th September 1936 - Arrived Invergordon
14th October 1936 - Sailed Invergordon
6th March 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
28th May 1937 - Sailed Portsmouth for Invergordon
9th July 1937 - Arrived Torbay
13th July 1937 - Sailed Torbay for exercises
16th July 1937 - Arrived Portland
20th July 1937 - Arrived Portsmouth
January 1938 - Home Fleet
12th January 1938 - Sailed Plymouth for Gibraltar
29th March 1938 - Arrived Portsmouth
23rd June 1938 - Sailed Portland for the Clyde
5th July 1938 - Commenced Combined exercises
10th July 1938 - Completed Combined exercises
30th July 1938 - At Portsmouth. Navy Week
23rd January 1939 - Capt. C.A.A. Larcom in Command
24th January 1939 - Capt. M.L. Clarke in Command
24th January 1939 - Capt. C.A.A. Larcom on Command
25th January 1939 - Capt. M.L. Clarke in Command
27th January 1939 - Sailed Portsmouth for Fosyth
28th January 1939 - Sailed Portsmouth ffor Rosyth
30th January 1939 - Arrived Rosyth
20th March 1939 - Sailed Rosyth
23rd March 1939 - Arrived Plymouth
1st April 1939 - Sailed Rosyth for Plymouth
3rd April 1939 - Arrived Plymouth
9th August 1939 - Attended Review of the British Reserve Fleet
31st August 1939 - Sailed Portsmouth for Portlan
1st September 1939 - Arrived Portland
2nd September 1939 - Escorted by destroyer Sturdy departed Portland before dawn, and arrived at Plymouth later that day
3rd September 1939 - At Plymouth
3rd September 1939 - Channel Force
17th September 1939 - Sunk in the Western approaches by U-29.

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