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HMS Hermes (R12)

Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier

HMS Hermes R12 had her keel laid down in 1944 but was not completed until the 1950s, commissioned in 1959.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 4/5/2016
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Year: 1959
Ships-in-Class: 4
Named Ships: 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)
Complement: 2100
Length: 775 ft (236.22 m)
Width: 148 ft (45.11 m)
Height: 27.8 ft (8.47 m)
Displacement (Surface): 25,350 tons
Propulsion: 2 x Parson steam turbines developing 76,000 shaft-horsepower.
Speed (Surface): 28 kts (32 mph)
Range: 6,995 nm (8,050 miles; 12,955 km)
Operators: United Kingdom; India (INS Viraat R22)


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