|Ship Class||Colossus-class Light Carrier|
|Laid Down||1 Jun 1942|
|Launched||30 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||16 Dec 1944|
|Decommissioned||22 Jan 1974|
|Displacement||13,600 tons standard|
|Machinery||Four Admiralty 3-drum boilers, Parsons geared steam turbines|
|Armament||Up to 1943: 24x40mm QF2 2-pounder guns, 32x20mm Oerlikon cannon; after 1945: 21x40mm Bofors guns, 4x47mm QF 3 guns|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseHMS Colossus, the lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers, was commissioned into service in 1944. She departed Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom for the Pacific Ocean in Mar 1945 with 24 Corsair IV fighers (No. 1846 Naval Air Squadron) and 18 Barracuda II torpedo bombers (No. 827 Naval Air Squadron) on board, arriving in Australia via the Indian Ocean in Jul 1945. In Aug 1945, she became the flagship of Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt of British 11th Aircraft Carrier Squadron. The Pacific War would end before she was deployed for combat duties. In late 1945, she assisted in post-war occupation of Hong Kong and Shanghai, China. In Dec 1945, she transported liberated Dutch prisoners of war to Colombo, Ceylon.
ww2dbaseIn Aug 1946, the ship was loaned to France. Operating under the new name of Arromanches, she participated in the First Indochina War in 1948. In 1951, France purchased the ship. Between 1953 and 1954, she returned to French Indochina. In 1956, she was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea during the Suez Crisis, during which she would launch air strikes against Egyptian targets. After a flight deck reconstruction between 1957 and 1958, she returned to waters off Southeast Asia. She operated as a training carrier for the most part in the following few years. In 1968, she was converted to a anti-submarine helicopter carrier and was reassigned to the French Troupes de marine. She was decommissioned in 1974 and was sol for scrap at Toulon, France in 1978.
Last Major Revision: Jan 2013
Colossus Operational Timeline
|1 Jun 1942Â||The keel of carrier Colossus was laid down.|
|30 Sep 1943Â||Carrier Colossus was launched.|
|16 Dec 1944Â||HMS Colossus was commissioned into service.|
|12 Mar 1945Â||HMS Colossus departed Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.|
|13 Jun 1945Â||HMS Colossus arrived at Colombo, Ceylon.|
|17 Jan 1946Â||HMS Colossus was drydocked at the Selborne drydock at Simonstown, South Africa for repairs and refitting.|
|26 Mar 1946Â||HMS Colossus completed her refitting and repairs at the Selborne drydock at Simonstown, South Africa.|
|3 Nov 1956Â||Arromanches launched Corsair fighters to strike airfields near Cairo, Egypt.|
|22 Jan 1974Â||Arromanches was decommissioned from service.|
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