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Aircraft Carriers

HMS Ark Royal III

HMS Ark Royal III (91)
General Details
Nationality British
Type Aircraft Carrier
Builder Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead. United Kingdom
Laid down 16 September 1935
Launched 13 April 1937
Commissioned 16 November 1938
Fate Sustained a torpedo hit from the German U-81 13 November 1941, took in tow, capsized and sank 14 November 1941 -140 miles east of Gibraltar
Displacement
Standard 19,500 tons
Full Load 27,300 tons
Dimensions
Lenght (waterline) 685'
Lenght (Overall) 800'
Beam 94.75'
Draft 27.75'
Flight Deck Length 800'
Flight Deck Width 112'
Hangars Upper 568' x 60' x 16'
Lower 452' x 60' x 16'
52,580 sq.feet
Armament
Heavy AA 16 x 4.5"/45 cal. in 8 twin mounts
Light AA 48 x 2 pdr AA 8-barrel Pompoms 32 x .05 HMG
Aircraft
Fixed Wing 60 as designed (54 operated in 1941)
Up to 60 WWII vintage planes 48 Swordfish
12-24 Osprey (later Skua's)
Armour
Side 4.5" vertical
Deck 2.5"
Hangar 1.36"
Propulsion
Boilers 6 Admiralty 3 drum type
Turbines Parsons geared turbines
Shafts 3
Horsepower 102,000 shp
Endurance 11,200 nm at 10 knots
Speed 31 knots
Complement
Usual 1,580