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Great Britain's Activity escort aircraft carrier

Photos

HMS Activity in July 1943 with Swordfish:
HMS Activity in July 1943 with Swordfish
©IWM, A-18271

HMS Activity at Greenock with Swordfish:
HMS Activity at Greenock with Swordfish
©IWM, A-21849
HMS Activity in July 1943 with Swordfish:
HMS Activity in July 1943 with Swordfish
©IWM, A-18267
HMS Activity at Clyde:
HMS Activity at Clyde
©IWM, Fl-111
HMS Activity in the Firth of Forth:
HMS Activity in the Firth of Forth
©IWM, Fl-137

Design

The HMS Activity was converted from the refrigeration ship the Telemachus.

Aircraft

There was a mix of torpedo bombers and fighters.

Flight Deck

The flight deck was made of steel. There was a 42' x 20' 10,000 lb elevator.

No catapult was installed.

Hangar

The hangar was 100' x 66' x 21'.

Ships

HMS Activity

  • Originally: Telemachus.
  • Manufacturer: Caledon
  • February 1, 1940: Laid down.
  • May 30, 1942: Launched.
  • September 29, 1942: Completed.
  • 1943: Deck landing training.
  • 1945: Far East. Carried replacement aircraft.

Usage

HMS Activity was used primarily escorting convoys in the Atlantic and to the Soviet Union.

Specifications

  HMS Activity
Crew 700
Displacement 11,800 tons
Displacement - Loaded 14,300 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 512' 9"
156.29 m
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars 475'
144.78 m
Beam 66' 6"
20.27 m
Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Maximum 26' 1"
7.95 m
Flight Deck 490' x 66'
149.35 m x 20.12 m
Performance  
Speed 18 knots
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4" L/45: 2
20 mm twin mounts: 10
20 mm: 4
Aircraft 10
Armor  
Engines Burmeister & Wain 6 cylinder diesel
Shafts 2
HP 12,000
Oil 2,000 tons
Aircraft Fuel 20,000 gallons

Sources:

  1. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site