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The old and the new carrier 21 May 2012

The old and the new carrier 21 May 2012

British Royal Navy - “HMS SHAW” (D21) was a (495.7') Ruler Class Escort Aircraft Carrier – Commissioned: 27 September 1943 – Crew: 890 Officers and Enlisted – Armament: 2 x 4 Inch (102mm) DP AA Guns (Single Mounts) 16 x 40mm Bofors (8 Twin Mounts) 20 x 20mm Oerlikon AA Guns (Single and Twin  Mounts) and 12 – 24 Aircraft – was Formally Handed Over to the USA on 26 November 1945 – was Converted to a Merchant Ship and Sold to the Argentine Merchant Service as the “SALTA” : 20 June 1947 and…

British Royal Navy - “HMS SHAW” (D21) was a (495.7') Ruler Class Escort Aircraft Carrier – Commissioned: 27 September 1943 – Crew: 890 Officers and Enlisted – Armament: 2 x 4 Inch (102mm) DP AA Guns (Single Mounts) 16 x 40mm Bofors (8 Twin Mounts) 20 x 20mm Oerlikon AA Guns (Single and Twin Mounts) and 12 – 24 Aircraft – was Formally Handed Over to the USA on 26 November 1945 – was Converted to a Merchant Ship and Sold to the Argentine Merchant Service as the “SALTA” : 20 June 1947 and…

HMS Ruler’s flight deck is crowded with snow-covered Grumman Avengers and Fairey Fireflys. The caption with this posting on the Imperial War Museum’s Collection site says little, but it does give the date as 21 January 1945. In late January, according to Naval-History.net, Ruler had embarked the Fireflys of 1772 Squadron at Royal Navy Aircraft Replenishment Yard Belfast and then was making ready on the Clyde to sail for Sydney to join the Pacific Fleet as a replenishment carrier.

HMS Ruler’s flight deck is crowded with snow-covered Grumman Avengers and Fairey Fireflys. The caption with this posting on the Imperial War Museum’s Collection site says little, but it does give the date as 21 January 1945. In late January, according to Naval-History.net, Ruler had embarked the Fireflys of 1772 Squadron at Royal Navy Aircraft Replenishment Yard Belfast and then was making ready on the Clyde to sail for Sydney to join the Pacific Fleet as a replenishment carrier.

British escort aircraft carrier HMS Audacity (D10), originally Norddeutscher Lloyd cargo ship Hannover, 1941, and was the world's first escort carrier.

British escort aircraft carrier HMS Audacity (D10), originally Norddeutscher Lloyd cargo ship Hannover, 1941, and was the world's first escort carrier.

HMS Emperor steams slowly over the Bitter Lakes entry to the Suez Canal en route to Trincomalee, Ceylon in February of 1945 to join the 21st Aircraft Carrier Squadron of the Eastern Fleet. She is seen here beautifully framed by two twin 4.5 pound gun turrets on HMS Indomitable, a Royal Navy Illustrious Class fleet carrier. The 21st Aircraft Carrier Squadron would include His Majesty’s escort carriers Emperor, Begum, Empress, Shah, Ameer, Khedive, Slinger and Speaker. Photo: Imperial War…

HMS Emperor steams slowly over the Bitter Lakes entry to the Suez Canal en route to Trincomalee, Ceylon in February of 1945 to join the 21st Aircraft Carrier Squadron of the Eastern Fleet. She is seen here beautifully framed by two twin 4.5 pound gun turrets on HMS Indomitable, a Royal Navy Illustrious Class fleet carrier. The 21st Aircraft Carrier Squadron would include His Majesty’s escort carriers Emperor, Begum, Empress, Shah, Ameer, Khedive, Slinger and Speaker. Photo: Imperial War…

An RAF Avro Vulcan makes a low pass over the Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) during Exercise Bersatu Padu, South-East Asia - 1970.

An RAF Avro Vulcan makes a low pass over the Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) during Exercise Bersatu Padu, South-East Asia - 1970.

A Royal Navy BAe Sea Harrier FRS1 (s/n ZA190) from No. 800 Naval Air Squadron on HMS Illustrious (R06) taking off from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on 22 October 1984. This Sea Harrier was delivered in 1981. Lt. Steve Thomas destroyed two Argentine IAI Daggers (C-404 and C-403 of Grupo 6) with two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles flying ZA190 on 21 May 1982. It crashed after a bird strike on 15 October 1987, the pilot ejecting safely.

A Royal Navy BAe Sea Harrier FRS1 (s/n ZA190) from No. 800 Naval Air Squadron on HMS Illustrious (R06) taking off from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on 22 October 1984. This Sea Harrier was delivered in 1981. Lt. Steve Thomas destroyed two Argentine IAI Daggers (C-404 and C-403 of Grupo 6) with two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles flying ZA190 on 21 May 1982. It crashed after a bird strike on 15 October 1987, the pilot ejecting safely.

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