Allied Warships

HMS Vengeance (71)

Aircraft Carrier of the Colossus class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down16 Nov 1942 
Launched23 Feb 1944 
Commissioned15 Jan 1945 
End service 

HMS Vengeance served with the British Pacific Fleet in 1945/1946 and undertook an experimental Arctic cruise in during 1948/1949.

Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy from 13 November 1952 to 13 August 1955. Sold to Brazil as Minas Gerais December 1956. Refitted at Rotterdam during 1957/1960 with a 8.5 degree angled deck. Overhauled 1976/1980. Laid up in 1987 due to catapult problems. Refitted during 1991/1993. Recommissioned for further service in October 1993 but operated only ASW helicopters. Finally decommissioned in October 2001.

Sold to Indian shipbreakers early 2004 and left Brazil under tow for India on 9 February 2004
Arrived off Alang, India on 14 April and handed over to the breakers the next day.
On the 17th she was run ashore on the beach and demolition commenced.  

Commands listed for HMS Vengeance (71)

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1Capt. Douglas Mortimer Lewis Neame, DSO, RN27 Sep 194420 Aug 1946

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