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Majestic class aircraft light carrier
of the Royal Australian Navy

History and current status

HMAS Melbourne
Class: Modified Majestic Class Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Built:: 1942-1961
Builder: Harland and Wolff
HM Dockyard Devonport
Swan Hunter
Vickers-Armstrongs
Complement: 1,200 (including air group)
 
Displacement: 14,224 tons standard, 18,085 tons at full load
Length: 695 ft (212 m)
Beam: 80 ft (24 m)
Draft: 23.5 ft (7.2 m)
Propulsion: 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, Parsons geared steam turbines; 40,000 shp
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: 12,000 nmiles at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Armament: 25 × Bofors 40 mm guns
Aircraft carried:
37 aircraft of various types
Sources for this site:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_carrier
Navy site:
www.navy.gov.au/HMAS_Melbourne_(II)
www.navy.gov.au/HMAS_Sydney_(III)
Web site's with more information:
http://wapedia.mobi/en/HMAS_Melbourne
http://wapedia.mobi/en/HMAS_Sydney
The Majestic class was a ship class of six light fleet aircraft carriers constructed for the Royal Navy, but serving in the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and Indian Navy.

The Majestic class was conceived as a modified version of the Colossus class carrier, incorporating improvements in flight deck design and habitability.
Majestic and Colossus carriers were almost identical in hull design and both were considered subclasses of the '1942 design' light aircraft carrier program.
These carriers were intended to be 'disposable warships': they were to be operated during World War II and scrapped at the end of hostilities or within three years of entering service.

Six ships were ordered: Hercules, Leviathan, Magnificent, Majestic, Powerful, and Terrible. These six ships replaced the cancelled final six Colossus class carriers.

Majestic and Terrible were purchased by the Royal Australian Navy in June 1947 for the combined cost of AU£2.75 million, plus stores, fuel, and ammunition.
As Terrible was the closer of the two ships to completion, construction was finished without modification, and she was commissioned into the RAN on
December 16, 1948 as HMAS Sydney.
More detail information at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majestic_class_aircraft_carrier
Ships in Majestic Class Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Terrible
She was launched in 1944, and was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, under the name of HMAS Sydney
in 1948

Powerful
She was launched in 1945, and was purchased by Canada in 1952 to be upgraded to a similar standard to Majestic
She was renamed HMCS Bonaventure

Majestic
She was launched in 1945, and sold to Australia in 1947
The ship was renamed
HMAS Melbourne and commissioned into service in 1955.
Hercules
She was launched in 1945, but was neglected for 10 years until bought by India and named Vikrant

Leviathan
She was launched in 1945, though never completed or commissioned.


Magnificent
She was launched in November 1944 and commissioned into the
Royal Canadian Navy in 1948.
She was returned to the Royal Navy
June 14, 1957




Sources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majestic_class_aircraft_carrier
HMAS Melbourne
Photo from http://nineteenkeys.blogspot.com/2008/10/hmas-melbourne-jinxed-aircraft-carrier.html
HMAS Sydney
Aircraft carried
37 aircraft of various types
Sensors and processing systems:

Radar:
1955–1968:
3 × Type 277Q height-finding set
1 × Type 293Q surface search set
1 × Type 978 navigational set

 

1969–1982:
1 × Type 293Q surface search set
1 × Type 978 navigational set
1 × LW-02 air search set
1 × SPN-35 landing aid radar
Electronic warfare and decoys:
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