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HMS Ark Royal (91)

Conventionally-Powered Fleet Aircraft Carrier

Commissioned in 1938, HMS Ark Royal was lost to a U-boat attack on November 13th, 1941.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 8/14/2017
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Year: 1938
Ships-in-Class: 1
Named Ships: HMS Ark Royal (91)
Complement: 1580
Length: 800 ft (243.84 m)
Width: 95 ft (28.96 m)
Height: 28 ft (8.53 m)
Displacement (Surface): 22,000 tons
Propulsion: 6 x Admiralty 3-drum boilers with 3 x Parsons geared steam turbines developing 102,000 horsepower to 3 x Shafts.
Speed (Surface): 30 kts (35 mph)
Range: 7,560 nm (8,700 miles; 14,001 km)
Operators: United Kingdom


16 x 4.5" (110mm) Dual-Purpose (DP) guns (eight twin-gunned turrets).
32 x 2-pounder (40mm) Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns (four eight-gunned turrets).
8 x 0.50 caliber Anti-Aircraft (AA) heavy machine guns (four eight-gunned emplacements).

Air Wing

Up to 65 total aircraft of various types (1941).
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