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HMS Hermes (R12)

Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier

HMS Hermes (R12)

Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier

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HMS Hermes R12 had her keel laid down in 1944 but was not completed until the 1950s, commissioned in 1959.
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ORIGIN: United Kingdom
YEAR: 1959
SHIP CLASS: Centaur-class
SHIPS-IN-CLASS (4): HMS Centaur (R06); HMS Albion (R07); HMS Bulwark (R08); HMS Hermes (R12); HMS Monmouth (cancelled); HMS Polyphemus (cancelled); HMS Arrogant (cancelled); HMS Elephant (renamed as HMS Hermes R12)
OPERATORS: United Kingdom; India (INS Viraat R22)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the base HMS Hermes (R12) design. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2,100
LENGTH: 775 feet (236.22 meters)
BEAM: 148 feet (45.11 meters)
DRAUGHT: 27.8 feet (8.47 meters)
DISPLACEMENT (SURFACE): 25,350 tons
PROPULSION: 2 x Parson steam turbines developing 76,000 shaft-horsepower.
SPEED (SURFACE): 28 knots (32 miles-per-hour)
RANGE: 6,995 nautical miles (8,050 miles; 12,955 kilometers)
ARMAMENT



A COMPLETED:
10 x 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns

POST-1970 REFIT:
2 x Sea Cat short-range surface-to-air missile launchers.
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28 x aircraft made up of fixed-wing and rotary-wing types; to include the BAe Sea Harrier VTOL fighters (28) or de Havilland Sea Vixen (12), Blackburn Buccaneer (7) and Fairey Gannet aircraft (5) and Westland Wessex helicopters (6).




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