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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.1

Aircraft

There was a mix of torpedo bombers and fighters.1

Flight Deck

The flight deck was made of steel.1 There was a 42' x 20' 10,000 lb elevator.1

No catapult was installed.1

Hangar

The hangar was 100' x 66' x 21'.1

Ships

HMS Activity

  • Originally: Telemachus.1
  • Manufacturer: Caledon1
  • February 1, 1940: Laid down.1
  • May 30, 1942: Launched.1
  • September 29, 1942: Completed.1
  • 1943: Deck landing training.1
  • 1945: Far East.1 Carried replacement aircraft.1

Usage

HMS Activity was used primarily escorting convoys in the Atlantic and to the Soviet Union.1

Specifications

  HMS Activity
Crew 7001
Displacement 11,800 tons1
Displacement - Loaded 14,300 tons1
Physical Characteristics  
Length 512' 9"1
156.29 m1
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars 475'1
144.78 m1
Beam 66' 6"1
20.27 m1
Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Maximum 26' 1"1
7.95 m1
Flight Deck 490' x 66'1
149.35 m x 20.12 m1
Performance  
Speed 18 knots1
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4" L/451: 21
20 mm twin mounts1: 101
20 mm1: 41
Aircraft 101
Armor  
Engines Burmeister & Wain 6 cylinder diesel1
Shafts 21
HP 12,0001
Oil 2,000 tons1
Aircraft Fuel 20,000 gallons1

Sources:

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