HMS Glory file photo [16968]

HMS Glory

CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassColossus-class Light Carrier
Hull NumberR62
BuilderHarland and Wolff, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Laid Down27 Aug 1942
Launched27 Nov 1943
Commissioned2 Apr 1945
Displacement13400 tons standard
Length695 feet
Beam80 feet
Draft23 feet
MachineryFour Admiralty 3-drum boilers, Parsons geared Steam turbines, two shafts
Power Output40000 SHP
Speed25 knots
Range12,000nm at 14 knots
Armament6x4x40mm QF 2-pounder guns, 32x20mm Oerlikon cannon


ww2dbaseCommissioned into service in Apr 1945, carrier HMS Glory departed for Australia shortly after with No. 837 Naval Air Squadron (flying Barracuda aircraft) and No. 1831 Naval Air Squadron (flying Corsair aircraft) on board to join British Pacific Fleet 11th Aircraft Carrier Squadron. Although she did not arrive in time to see combat, she had the honor of hosting the Rabaul, New Britain surrender ceremony on 6 Sep 1945. After assisting the return of the British administration in Hong Kong, she embarked British servicemen to return them to Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She was placed in reserve in 1947. In Nov 1949, she was brought out of reserve as tension grew in Korea, and was recommissioned in Dec 1950. Her first tour of duty in the Korean War was between Apr and Sep 1951, the second between Jan and May 1952, and the third between Nov 1952 and May 1953. She was decommissioned for the second final time in 1956 and placed in reserve. In 1961, she was sold to a firm in Inverkeithing, Scotland, United Kingdom for scrap.

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27 Aug 1942 The keel of carrier Glory was laid down by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
27 Nov 1943 Carrier Glory was launched at Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, sponsored by Lady Cynthia Brookes, wife of Prime Minister Basil Brookes of Northern Ireland.
2 Apr 1945 HMS Glory was commissioned into service.


HMS Glory at Sydney, Australia, 1945HMS Glory at Rabaul, New Britain, Sep 1945Corsair fighter in an elevator aboard HMS Glory, off Rabaul, New Britain, 6 Sep 1945, photo 1 of 2Corsair fighter in an elevator aboard HMS Glory, off Rabaul, New Britain, 6 Sep 1945, photo 2 of 2
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Lawrence John Rand says:
21 May 2014 09:53:03 AM

I joined HMS Glory in Sydney Australia in nov 45.
2. Paul Randall says:
14 Oct 2017 09:41:10 AM

Iím for any information regarding my farther Keith Francis Randall who was on the H M S Glory 1945/6/7?
3. Chris Allen says:
15 Apr 2018 06:49:02 AM

In June 1946 HMS Glory was in Adelaide where the ship was opened to the general public. My father William Allen was on board after the Japanese surrender and returned home on board in 1947. My father "Bill" who is 92 soon still remembers the kind Australian's who filmed a newsreel on board at the time.
I've tried to find this on the internet but failed.
4. martin dallosso says:
18 Sep 2018 02:30:35 AM

My father flew from Glory in Korea.
Also from Implacable and Illustrious.
Aircraft flown include Corsairs,Seafurys, and Fireflies.
He is all there and going well

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