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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 80.30 x 21.0(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines, SR Geared, 40000shp
Engines by: Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 24.5knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 6 x 2 x 40mm AA, 20 x 1 x 40mm AA guns, 37 x aircraft, 1 x catapult
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 when about 75% complete
18/07/1946: Towed to the Gare Loch 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
01/2014: Sold for breaking up, via an online aucton, for US$9.2m
Purchased by a shipbreaker at Darukhana, Mumbai
22/11/2014: Breaking up commenced


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

Above photo as HERCULES laid up in the Gare Loch is copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo as VIKRANT is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as VIKRANT is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo of VIKRANT being broken up is copyright of Adam Cohn