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Great Britain's Nairana class escort aircraft carriers

Photos

HMS Nairana in 1944:
HMS Nairana in 1944
©IWM, FL-12664
Clearing snow on the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic:
Clearing snow on the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic
©IWM, A-22731

A test depth charge dropped near the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic:
A test depth charge dropped near the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic
©IWM, A-22732
Sea Hurricane getting ready to take off from the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic:
Sea Hurricane getting ready to take off from the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic
©IWM, A-22734

HMS Vindex at Swan Hunter's yard on the Tyne at completion:
HMS Vindex at Swan Hunter's yard on the Tyne at completion
©IWM, FL-5013
Swordfish coming in for a landing on the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic:
Swordfish coming in for a landing on the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic
©IWM, A-22733
A test depth charge dropped near the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic:
A test depth charge dropped near the HMS Vindex in March 1944 while in the Atlantic
©IWM, A-22731

Design

The Nairana class were converted refrigeration cargo ships.1

Construction

The hull was rivited.1

Flight Deck

The flight deck was steel.1

No catapult was installed.1

There was a single 45' x 34' elevator.1

Hangar

The hangar was 17' 6" high.1

Ships

HMS Nairana

  • Manufacturer: John Brown1
  • 1942: Laid down.1
  • May 20, 1943: Launched.1
  • December 12, 1943: Completed.1
  • 1944: Member of submarine hunter killer groups.1 Escorted convoys to Soviet Union.1

HMS Vindex

  • Manufacturer: Swan Hunter1
  • July 1, 1942: Laid down.1
  • May 4, 1943: Launched.1
  • December 3, 1943: Completed.1
  • 1944 - 1945: Anti-submarine and convoy escort.1

Specifications

  Nairana class
Crew 7001
Displacement 13,825 tons1
Displacement - Loaded 16,980 tons1
Physical Characteristics  
Length 528' 6"1
161.09 m1
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars 498' 3"1
151.87 m1
Beam 68'1
20.73 m1
Draft / Height 23' 6"1
7.16 m1
Draft / Height - Maximum 25' 8"1
7.82 m1
Flight Deck 495' x 65'1
150.88 m x 19.81 m1
Performance  
Speed 16 knots1
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4" DP twin mount1: 11
2 pdr quad mounts1: 4 1
20 mm twin mounts1: 81
Aircraft 211
Armor  
Engines Doxford 5 cylinder diesel1
Shafts 21
HP 10,7001
Oil 1,655 tons1
Aircraft Fuel 52,000 gallons1
  HMS Vindex
Crew  
Displacement 13,445 tons1
Displacement - Loaded 16,830 tons1
Physical Characteristics  
Length  
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars  
Beam  
Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Maximum 25' 2"1
Flight Deck  
Performance  
Speed  
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft  
Aircraft  
Armor  
Engines  
Shafts  
HP  
Oil  
Aircraft Fuel  

Sources:

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