HMS Venerable (R63)
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|Ordered:||7 August 1942|
|Laid down:||3 December 1942|
|Launched:||30 December 1943|
|Commissioned:||17 January 1945|
|Identification:||Pennant number R63|
|Fate:||Sold to the Netherlands 1 April 1948|
|Name:||HNLMS Karel Doorman|
|Acquired:||1 April 1948|
|Commissioned:||28 May 1948|
|Decommissioned:||29 April 1968|
|Fate:||Sold to Argentina 15 October 1968|
|Name:||ARA Veinticinco de Mayo|
|Namesake:||Date of the May Revolution|
|Acquired:||15 October 1968|
|Commissioned:||12 March 1969|
|Out of service:||Inoperable by 1990|
|Homeport:||Puerto Belgrano Naval Base|
|Fate:||Provided spare parts for Minas Gerais and remainder was scrapped at Alang, India in 2000|
|Class and type:||Colossus-class aircraft carrier|
HMS Venerable (R63) was a Colossus-class aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy. She served for only the last few months of World War II, and in 1948 she was sold to the Netherlands and renamed HNLMS Karel Doorman, taking part in the military clash in 1962 in Western New Guinea. Subsequently she was sold to Argentina and renamed ARA Veinticinco de Mayo, later taking part in the Falklands War.
Construction and career
HMS Venerable was laid down at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead on 3 December 1942 and launched just over a year later. The ship was commissioned on 17 January 1945. As with others of the class completed just before the ending of hostilities, HMS Venerable immediately headed to the Far East to join the 11th Aircraft Carrier Squadron (Colossus, Glory and Vengeance) of the British Pacific Fleet. Each carrier had around 40 F4U Corsair fighters and Fairey Barracuda torpedo bombers on board.
After the end of hostilities, HMS Venerable repatriated prisoners of war to Canada and Australia, before returning to the UK. Venerable only served three years in the Royal Navy before being sold to the Dutch as HNLMS Karel Doorman. In 1968, after a boiler-room fire, she was sold to the Argentine Navy and renamed ARA Veinticinco de Mayo.
By 1990, she was inoperable, and she subsequently provided spare parts for her sister ship, Minas Gerais, which had been sold to the Brazilian Navy. The remaining part of the ship was scrapped in Alang, India in 1999 or 2000.
- Beaver, Paul (1987) Encyclopedia of the Fleet Air Arm since 1945, Wellingborough, Northants: Patrick Stephens, ISBN 0-85059-760-9
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