Centaur class light fleet aircraft carriers (RN, 1947)

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Centaur class light fleet aircraft carriers

specifications

original design

Displacement: 18,310t standard; 24,000t deep load
Dimensions: 198.12m pp, 224.63m oa x 27.43m wl x 7.52m mean deep load
Machinery: 2-shaft Parsons geared turbines, 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 76,000shp = 29.5kts. Oil 4000t
Armament: 8-4.5in/45 QF Mk III HA (4x2), 34-40mm Bofors (2x6, 11x2), 42 aircraft
Complement: 1390

redesigned postwar

Displacement: 22,000t standard; 27,000t full load
Dimensions: 224.8m oa x 37.5m max x 8.2m max
Machinery: 2-shaft geared steam turbines, 4 3-drum boilers, 78,000shp = 28kts
Armour: Flight deck, hangar deck (amidships) and main deck (ends), 1in-2in, uptakes 1in
Armament: 32-40mm (2x6, 8x2, 4x1), 26 aircraft
Sensors: Radar 982, 983, 275, 974
Complement: 1028/1102 + about 300 air group

Hermes

Displacement: 23,900t standard; 28,700t full load
Dimensions: 198.1m pp, 226.9m oa x 48.8m (increased from 44.1m in 1964-66) x 8.8m mean
Machinery: 2-shaft geared steam turbines, 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 76,000shp = 28kts. Oil 4200t
Armour: Mantlets over magazines 40mm, reinforcing to flight deck 19mm
Armament: 10-40mm Mk 5 (5x2) (replaced 1964-66 by 2 Seacat GWS22 SAM (2x3)), 28 aircraft (as completed)
Sensors: Radar 984, 982, 262, 974
Complement: 1830 + 270 air group (original)

units

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate Note
R06 Centaur Harland & Wolff 30 May 1944 22 Apr 1947 1 Sep 1953 1972 BU
R07 Albion Swan Hunter 23 Mar 1944 6 May 1947 26 May 1954 1972 Stricken
R08 Bulwark Harland & Wolff 10 May 1945 22 Jun 1948 4 Nov 1954 1984 BU
R12 Hermes Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow 21 Jun 1944 16 Feb 1953 18 Nov 1959 12 May 1987 To India ex-HMS Elephant, Renamed as INS Viraat
Arrogant Swan Hunter Oct 1945 Cancelled
Hermes Cammell Laird Oct 1945 Cancelled
Monmouth Fairfield Oct 1945 Cancelled
Polyphemus Devonport DYd Oct 1945 Cancelled

reference