H.M.S. Leviathan


Carrier name HMS Leviathan
Class Majestic Class
Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Ships in Class Majestic, Terrible, Magnificent, Powerful, Leviathan, Hercules
Launched Laid down October 1943. Launched June 1945. Never completed. 
Tonnage Displacement: 14,224 tons standard ; 18,085 tons full load
Engines Propulsion: Steam Turbines (4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, Parsons geared turbines), 40,000 shp.
Speed in Knots Speed: 25 knots
Armament Guns: 24 x 2 pdr AA ; 19 x 40 mm 
Crew Complement Compliment: 1100 (including air group)
Range  Range: 12,000 nmiles at 14 knots
Length (ft/inches) Dimensions: 630 pp, 650 wl, 695 oa x 80 x 23.5 feet
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Number of aircraft carried 37
Fate of carrier Never completed. Scrapped from May 1968.
Notes Originally part of the Colossus class, these last six ships were completed to a slightly modified design more suited to operating heavier aircraft. None commissioned into the Royal Navy, all but one being sold.

Built by Swan Hunter. Laid down 18 October 1943. Launched 7 June 1945. Never completed, boilers removed 1968 to refit damaged ARA 25 de Mayo (formerly HMS Vengeance/HrMs Karel Doorman). Scrapped from May 1968. [Information by Geoff Toon]

In June 1966 it was announced that the nuclear powered 19,000 ton aircraft carrier was being rebuilt and converted for use as a radio ship.

Planned offshore radio station: The Voice of Britain relaying the BBC World Service to protest against the Apartheid movement in South Africa

Planned location: International waters off the coast of Mozambique

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