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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.

Construction

The hull was rivited.

Flight Deck

The flight deck was steel.

No catapult was installed.

There was a single 45' x 34' elevator.

Hangar

The hangar was 17' 6" high.

Ships

HMS Nairana

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

HMS Vindex

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

Specifications

  Nairana class
Crew 700
Displacement 13,825 tons
Displacement - Loaded 16,980 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 528' 6"
161.09 m
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars 498' 3"
151.87 m
Beam 68'
20.73 m
Draft / Height 23' 6"
7.16 m
Draft / Height - Maximum 25' 8"
7.82 m
Flight Deck 495' x 65'
150.88 m x 19.81 m
Performance  
Speed 16 knots
Range  
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 4" DP twin mount: 1
2 pdr quad mounts: 4
20 mm twin mounts: 8
Aircraft 21
Armor  
Engines Doxford 5 cylinder diesel
Shafts 2
HP 10,700
Oil 1,655 tons
Aircraft Fuel 52,000 gallons
  HMS Vindex
Crew  
Displacement 13,445 tons
Displacement - Loaded 16,830 tons
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Draft / Height  
Draft / Height - Maximum 25' 2"
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Sources:

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