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HMS Hermes R12 light fleet carrier of the Royal Navy, launched February 1953. HMS Hermes served with the Royal Navy until 1984, including participating in the Falklands War. Sold to the Indian Navy in 1986 and renamed Viraat.

HMS Hermes was laid down before the end of WWII but was only completed in 1959 after many changes in design to accommodate the new jet aircraft. When the new Sea Harrier came into operation she was given a special ramp to allow her to operate the new aircraft. She was flagship in the Falkland's conflict in 1982 and only two years later put into reserve and subsequently sold to India.

Displacement: 24, 900 tons.     Draught: 27ft 10ins.     Compliment: 2,100.     Length: 774 ft.    Beam: 147ft 11ins.     Speed: 28 Knots.     Armament: Ten 40mm AA guns and eight SAM missile launchers arranged in two sets of four.     Aircraft: 28.

HMS Hermes, June 1977.

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HMS Hermes, June 1977.

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HMS Hermes, June 1977.

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HMS Hermes, August 1974.

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HMS Hermes, June 1977.

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HMS Hermes, March 1973.

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HMS Hermes, August 1974.

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HMS Hermes, September 1969.

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HMS Hermes, March 1973.

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HMS Hermes, September 1963.

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HMS Hermes, 1963.

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HMS Hermes alongside at Devonport in March 1984 whilst undergoing her final refit before being laid up at Portsmouth

INS Viraat anchored off Mumbai for the International Fleet Review which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Indian Republic

Dressed overall and with her ship's company manning the flight deck, Hermes looks very smart for the Queen's Silver Jubilee Fleet Review at Spithead (photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Hermes see bottom of page).

HMS Hermes.

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HMS Hermes, with reduced ship's company, arrives at Portsmouth Harbour  under her own steam for the last time on 12th April 1984 (photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Hermes see bottom of page).

HMS Hermes refuelling the frigate HMS Falmouth (photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Hermes see bottom of page).

Entering Malta's Grand Harbour on 18 February 1970.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Hermes see bottom of page).

Hermes and Victorious in joint manoeuvres off Aden on 15 May 1967. 

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Hermes see bottom of page).

An impressive bow shot of Hermes at speed in the Mediterranean. 

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Hermes see bottom of page).

Refuelling from RFA Wave Baron during 'Exercise Swordthrust' which took her north of the Arctic Circle. The Destroyer Defender looks on.  

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book HMS Hermes see bottom of page).

HMS Hermes

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

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HMS Hermes, doing work up trials in the Moray Firth, 1966.  Contributed by Derek Eagles . (see message board).

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

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

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

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HMS Hermes 1966 - Relaxation.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

HMS Hermes plane guard, July 1966.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

HMS Hermes at speed.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

HMS Hermes and the liner Queen Mary.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Buccaneer on HMS Hermes.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Flight deck of HMS Hermes, 1966.  Sea Vixen departing in the background.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Flypast of HMS Hermes.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

A Gannet on HMS Hermes.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Gannet landing on HMS Hermes, 14th July 1966.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Gannet on HMS Hermes, July 1966.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Several Gannets parked on HMS Hermes.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

HMS Hermes NA39, July 1966.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

HMS Hermes on the Arran Mile, 22nd June 1966.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Tiger landing, HMS Hermes. 

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Sea Vixen on HMS Hermes, July 1966.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Sea Vixen taking off from HMS Hermes, July 1966.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Sea Vixen from HMS Hermes.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Sea Vixen preparing to take off, HMS Hermes.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

"Tiger take off from HMS Hermes"

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

Commanding Officers as listed by dates appointed (taken from the book HMS Hermes by Neil McHart):
1959 - Captain D S Tibbits DSC, RN
1961 - Captain W D O'Brien DSC, RN
1966 - Captain T T Lewin MVO, DSC, RN
1967 - Captain D G Parker DSO, DSC, AFC, RN
1967 - Captain J D Fieldhouse, RN
1968 - Captain D G Parker DSO, DSC, AFC, RN
1969 - Captain P M Austin, RN
1973 - Captain C R P C Branson, RN
1974 - Captain D R Reffell, RN
1976 - Captain R G A Fitch, RN
1978 - Captain D C Jenkin, RN
1979 - Captain D J Mackenzie, RN
1980 - Captain L E Middleton, RN
1982 - Captain R C Dimmock, RN
1983 - Captain K A Snow, RN

The Commanding Officer during the 1976 refit in Guz was Commander Peter J Erskine RN. He was in command from 28th May 1976 to 20th September 1976.  - Thanks to Mike Hill Lt Cdr RN for this information.

 

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STEWARD DEREK EAGLES.. I was a squadron Steward(892)on the happy'H'from 1966-68 3rd commission getting to the age where it would be nice to know if anyone out there remembers the good old days.  Contact Here

BRETT (SCOTTY) SCOTT..  Served on Hermes from 1980 to 1982.  I was in 4NA1 mess.  Would like to find Gary (Billy) Bingham or any old mess mates.  Contact Here 

JIM (TAFF) HORROD..  I served on HMS Hermes from 1980 until 1983.  I lived in the Petty Officers Mess and 2B3 Cabin.  I'm looking for anyone who can remember me from that time.  I really had a good time on board.  E-mail me at jhbr00180@talkgas.net and lets talk about all the things that happened during this period.

LEN MOORHOUSE... My father, Len Moorhouse, died recently aged 85. He rose through the ranks, from being a boy seaman, in 1932, aged fourteen, to a Lt. Cmdr.(Supply branch), by retirement  in 1968! H.M.S. Hermes was his first ship as a new sub. Lt. He was the Cookery Officer, from 1959 till about 1961, when he was posted to H.M.S. Terror, in Singapore. He was so proud of his time on Hermes, so  I'd  recently given him a copy of the book, written about the ship! He loved to tell stories about the crew's escapades, mostly true! We lived on a naval estate in Littlehampton, with other families from H.M.S. Hermes as neighbours! As a child, I went on board, several times, for 'Family Days', and children's parties! In his final post, he ran the Cookery School, at Chatham. He remained a naval man, at heart, for the rest of his life! If any of you recalls my dad, we'd love to hear from you! Thanks,  Sandy Moorhouse.(Sandy@wiseoldfox.com).

ANDY (STEVO) STEVENSON.. I was on the Hermes between 1981 -1983, I was in 5N1 mess. I spent most of my time in HQ1,Shaft Passages, Engine Rooms.  I made some good friends on board but over the years I have lost touch with them.  If any one knows what happend to Seaman Andrew Slater or if they have any contact could they please let me know.  Regards.  Andy (Stevo) Stevenson   Andrew@dicerecruitment.com

PETER NORRIS.. I served on Hermes from 1979 to 1980 as Dental Petty Officer.My name is Peter Norris and I am now a Catholic Priest at St Andrews Brook Road Thornton Heath CR7 7RD. I am also the chaplain of the USS Nimitz Association and also the HMS/M Courageous Society on which I served prior to the Hermes. I also served on HMS/M Churchill and HMS Cleopatra. RN Hospitals Gibraltar 69/70 Plymouth 68/69 70/71 Haslar 68/69. I was the last POMA to march out of HMS Pembroke in 1984  God Bless You  Fr Peter Norris SFO.

ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET LORD LEWIN...... My father was Terry Lewin, ultimately he became Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin whose last appointment was as Chief of the Defence Staff at the time of the Falklands conflict. He died in January 1999 after which I passed the major part of his "important effects" to the National Maritime Museum (where he had also acted as head of the trustees). His life has been well covered in Richard Hill's authorised biography "Lewin of Greenwich" which is still in print and a good read. Now I am collating other materials about him and would particularly like to hear from all and any former colleagues, ship's companies, national servicemen, anyone, with stories, memories and recollections about him. I am particularly interested in sea jobs (but anything is welcome) which in order from 1939 were;-  Belfast, Valliant, Ashanti, Chequers, Corunna, HMY Britannia, Urchin, Tenby, Hermes.  I am aware that unless I collect these stories now they will soon be lost so please, all of you, try to remember something!            Many thanks, Tim Lewin                                        tim.lewin@btinternet.com

M A TRACEY (DICK TRACEY).. I served in 2n2 mess during the Falklands Campaign and would be happy to hear from any others who knew me contact me at cathtracey@blueyonder.co.uk (posted 19/05/03).

CHRIS GUILLE.. I served on board Hermes as Leading Cook from 1979 to 1981. I met a wafu on here whose name was Trevor, we both went to Culdrose and he was the best man at my wedding. I live in Guernsey and would like to hear from anyone who knew me, contact me at chris@channelislandceramics.com (posted 13/05/03)

DIRK NELSON.. I served on board Hermes and would love to contact any of the guys I served with. Contact me at d.nelson93@ntlworld.com 

RON GENTRY..  I served on the "Happy" Hermes from 1966 until 1969, starting off as a JM (E)2 and leaving as an LM (E). During my time of Hermes I was always known as "Jim" Gentry and moved about various parts of the ship. including 2 years as a Flight deck Stoker working on the Starboard catapult as a Bridle Number. I ended up over 23 years in the RN. It would be good to hear from anyone else who was on the Hermes during that era, or who may remember me, particularly anyone who knows the whereabouts of "Slim" Thorpe, also an M (E) who came to my wedding in 1969. contact me at ron.gentry@essex.pnn.police.uk 

BRUCE HOYLE.. Bruce served with the Navy on HMS Hermes as Chief Petty Officer and he came out in 1967?.Unfortunatley he has since passed away. I am looking for any pictures of C.P.O. Hoyle to purchase as a reminder to his son. Contact me at boon_annette@hotmail.com 

JOHN SHEPHERD.. I served on Hermes from her completion for nearly four years. Home was 5NP Mess (I think). Captain Tibbits was the captain of this Hermes. Life at Barrow was not like naval life at all but once we changed from red ensign to white ensign life was "disciplined". I worked on the new radar the 984's display systems known as CDS.. would be nice to hear from any old hands. Contact me at jshepnz@internet.co.nz 

JIM (WHISKY) WALKER..LMEM(M).. I served on board Hermes from 1978 till 1982. Still in contact with many friends Wullie Pettigrew, Sam McGreevy, Tug Wilson, George Todd, Frank Harper and many more. I'd like to speak to anyone who was around at that time. Contact me at james.walker40@btopenworld.com 

BRENDAN EGAN.. I served on board Hermes in the Air Engineering Department from September 1975 until December 1977. This included the refit at Guz to convert her from commando carrier to operate Sea Harriers. I was on board again in 1982 with 814 NAS who embarked for exercise in Northern waters just before the Falklands conflict. I left in 1983 and if any old shipmates (fishheads or wafu's) who remember me can contact me at eganbrendan@hotmail.com 

IAN HALLATT  RO1 (G) -20  I served on the Happy Hermes from 73 to 75 in the Comms branch. Anyone serving on board during that time please get in otuch for a few bevvies maybe and to catch up on old times. contact Ian at Silverback111@btinternett.com 

GAVIN "YING" CALDWELL... I am trying to trace Gavin who served on HMS Hermes in the late 60s- early 70s as firecrew. He was from Northern Ireland and I believe he returned there after his service. If anyone has details of or remembers him contact me at colin.hayes@ukonline.co.uk 

NICK "SHARKY" WARD.. I served on Hermes from January 1978 until January 1982 as a LMEM(M). I am still in touch with friends: Lck Neil Thompson, MEM(M) Ralph Johnson, Kev Johnson (cook), Mick Fordham & Taff Lovelock. If you remember us contact me at nick.ward3@ntlwold.com 

MARK BLAKEBOROUGH.. I was 16 in 1980 and was part of a project called "sons at sea". My older brother Petty Officer Andy Blakeborough, was in the navy and the ship was sent on a "jolly" round the Caribbean ... Trinidad, Curacao, Grand Cayman, New Orleans, Pensacola, Fort Lauderdale, Bermuda... I believe this was a one off event and would be interested in hearing from anyone who has a recollection of us. There were about 32 of us ranging in age from 12 to 18 and we were under the supervision of a couple of marines. Contact me at mark@msb64.co.uk 

R J McCANDLESS.. Marion Rhodes is looking for anyone who served with my great uncle Ltdr Commander R J McCandless DFC (or DSO) on board HMS Hermes in 1961. He was part of the Fleet Air Arm. Contact me at callisto4@bigpond.com 

NICHOLAS TAYLOR.. I am seeking information about an old school friend of mine, Nicholas Taylor, who was a Sea Harrier pilot form HMS Hermes shot down and killed in May 1982 during the Falklands War. Contact Brian at hol28@blueyonder.co.uk 

BOB JARVIE... Bob served on HMS Hermes from 23rd June 1960 until 9th June 1961. I lost him 4 years ago but would like to hear from anyone who knew my dad. Contact me at Eskimosteve5@aol.com 

RON VIGERS...I joined HMS Hermes at Barrow in Furness when she was being stored from new. She first went to sea on contractors trials off the West coast of Scotland in 1959. Does anyone remember Ron Vigers another Isa Pussar Hill. Our first commission was in the Far East in locations such as Aden and Hong Kong, passing through the Suez Canal both ways. It would be great to hear from any of my old fellow supply branch mates. Contact me Robert Slimmon at Jacob.Arnold@btopenworld.com 

STEVE REGOLO.   I was a member of the COMMS team from 1978 - 1982. My name is Steve (Reg) Regolo and I would like to get in touch with any of the lads who knew me.  I was also on HMS Ajax, and HMS Protector (FIPV)  Steve@regolo.fsnet.co.uk

MICK SHAW.  I would like to contact anyone who remembers me NA1 AH3 Mick Shaw L/052502, who served on the HERMES from 1960 till 1961.  I was ships crew in I think it was 4H2 Mess, age deadens the old brain power don't you know.    Contact  Mick Shaw  at  ajumuk@mandj64.fsnet.co.uk 

RUSSELL (RATTLER) MORGAN.  I served on board HMS Hermes between 1977 and 1979.  Worked blue cord duties with Gary Birch (Billy) with a leading hand who was a Taff Leky in charge of bomb lifts etc. I was billeted in  4f1 I think next to the bakery near one of the ships chefs who was Derby Allan ( Boxer).  I also served on HMS Intrepid, HMS Kent and was personal staff  Flag Officer Portsmouth before joining Hermes. I would like to contact anyone who served on any of the above ships.  email me at russell@sheffunitedfans.com 

STEVE (GINGE) MULLINS.... I served on HMS Hermes from 1967 to 1969 starting as JME1 amd rising to ME1, in 5N1 mess. I had a cousin on board at the same time Tommy Field who was a steward and we never bumped into each other, did not find out he was onboard till after i left.. They did say if you saw the same person twice in one day he was following you.  Steve (Ginge) Mullins

SOAPY WATSON.  I was a member of HMS Hermes 845 Sqd, based in 5FO Mess, From January 1974 to June 1974, I broke my back in St John's New Brunswick. Looking up any one who served with me, especially Rick Shaw, Chris and DJ to name a few.  Contact wheeley@soapy.karoo.co.uk 

MIKE (JAN) THOMSETT Ex POMEM (M) served on HMS Hermes 8th May 1972 to 2 March 1975. I have a blank Artic Circle Certificate signed by Captain Benson. I would like to enter details can anyone help.   DATE ______  DAY _______   MONTH (POSS Feb or March)  YEAR 1974  LONGITUDE __________ Contact me at Mexrnsailor@aol.com 

BOB KEENAN (right). 

DEREK NICKERSON WEIR: I am looking for my pal, Derek formally from Romney area in Kent. He joined HMS Hermes as radio Officer based at Portsmouth 1960? Would like to hear how life's treated him. Contact Val at palmwoods@bushinternet.com