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Name: HERCULES
Type: Aircraft Carrier
Keel: 14/10/1943
Launched: 22/09/1945
Completed:
Builder: Vickers-Armstrong Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 61
Dimensions: 15700disp - 19500disp, 630.0 x 80.0 x 26.0(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Geared turbines, 36000shp
Engines by: Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 25.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 6 x 2 x 40mm AA, 20 x 1 x 40mm AA guns, 37 x aircraft
History:
07/1946 British Royal Navy, but never commissioned
01/1957 Government of India
04/03/1961 Renamed VIKRANT
31/01/1997 Decommissioned
Comments: Member of the Majestic Class of Light Fleet Carriers
05/1946: Work suspended
Subsequently towed to Belfast and laid up
1957 to 1961: Completed by Harland & Wolff with angled deck & steam catapults
1979 to 1982: Modernised, including fitting new engines
1989: Fitted with a ski jump on the flight deck for improved performance of Sea Harriers
1997: To be preserved as a museum ship at Mumbai
08/2013: Announced that she would be broken up


Above photo dated 18/07/1946 copyright of France, Fenwick Tyne & Wear Co Ltd

Above photo as HERCULES laid up at Belfast courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT courtesy of Photoship