Argus file photo [1112]

HMS Argus

CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassArgus-class Aircraft Carrier
BuilderGlasgow, Scotland
Laid Down1 Jan 1914
Launched2 Dec 1917
Commissioned6 Sep 1918
Decommissioned5 Dec 1946
Displacement14000 tons standard; 15750 tons full
Length576 feet
Beam85 feet
Draft22 feet
MachineryTwelve cylindrical boilers; four Parsons geared turbines, 4 shafts
Power Output20000 SHP
Speed20 knots
Range4370nm at 16 knots
Crew272
Armamentfour 1 x 4
Aircraft18

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe Argus was originally an Italian ship. In 1916 the Beardmore commercial yard purchased the incomplete hull (originally destined to be the passenger liner Conte Rosso) to complete as a WW1-era carrier. She was the first carrier in the world to have a full-length flight deck. She was commissioned shortly before the end of the war, thus did not see much action. Her original civilian design gave her a slow speed, therefore during the inter-war years she served as a training carrier instead of a combat ship.

ww2dbaseAt the start of WW2, she continued her role as a training carrier, but the war quickly sent her on to combat duties. She carried Sea Hurricanes and Fulmars to defend transport shipping in the Mediterranean, though never really gave up her long-held duty as a training ship for practicing deck landing. She also participated in the Allied landings in North Africa in November 1942 as a part of Force H. In late 1943, her role was converted to an accommodation ship.

ww2dbaseAfter the war, she was sold on 5 December 1946 and scrapped in 1947.

ww2dbaseSources: Fleet Air Arm Archive, Naval Historical Center.

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HMS Argus Operational Timeline

6 Sep 1918 Argus was commissioned into service.
7 Sep 1941 HMS Argus delivered Hurricane fighters of No. 81 Squadron RAF and No. 134 Squadron RAF to Vaenga near Murmansk, Russia.
5 Dec 1946 Argus was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

Argus in camouflage, circa late 1918, photo 1 of 3Argus in camouflage, circa late 1918, photo 2 of 3 (R-class battleship sailed near by)Argus in camouflage, circa late 1918, photo 3 of 3Carrier Argus, circa late 1920s
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Argus in camouflage, circa late 1918, photo 1 of 3
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