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Name: COLOSSUS
Type: Aircraft Carrier
Keel: 01/06/1942
Launched: 30/09/1943
Completed: 16/12/1944
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 55
Dimensions: 13350disp - 18000disp, 630.0 x 80.0 x 23.5(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Geared turbines, Parsons type, 40000shp
Engines by: Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 25.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 6 x 4 x 2pdr guns; 48 x aircraft
History:
16/12/1944 British Royal Navy
1946 Government of France; renamed ARROMANCHES
1978 Broken up
Comments: A Light Fleet Carrier of the COLOSSUS Class
1946: On loan to the Government of France
1951: Purchased by the Government of France
1957: Fitted with an angled flight deck
1968: Converted to a helicopter carrier for 24 x helicopters
22/01/1974: Decommissioned
1978: Broken up at Toulon


Above photo as COLOSSUS copyright of Mark Teadham

Above photo as ARROMANCHES copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo as ARROMANCHES courtesy of Photoship