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Aircraft Carriers

HMS Furious

HMS Furious
General Details
Nationality British
Type Aircraft Carrier
Builder Armstrong, Elswick. United Kingdom
Laid down 8 June 1915
Launched 15 August 1916
Commissioned 4 July 1917
Fate Ordered as a light-battle cruiser with 2 x 18" guns
Completed in mid-1917 as sea plane carrier with aft 18" only, fore-part being a Flying off area
Modified with aft landing deck added November 1917-March 1918
Recom. 1918
Placed in reserve 1919
Rebuilt with full flight deck Jun 1922-August 1925 at Devonport DYd
Recom. September 1925
Modified (removed 5.5" and added more 4") 1931-32
Small island added 1939
Refitted October 1941-April 1942 with longer flight deck and Oerlikons in US
Laid up in reserve 15 September 1944
Used as trials ship
Stricken 1948
Sold for scrapping January 1948
Displacement
Standard 16,500 tons
22,600 tons after full flight deck installed
Full Load 21,000 tons
27,250 tons after full flight deck installed
Dimensions
Lenght (waterline) 735.3' (224 m)
Lenght (Overall) 786.6' (239.8 m) (full flight deck)
Beam 89.6' (27 m) (full flight deck)
Draft 27.2' (8.3 m)
Flight Deck (completion) 228' (69.5 m) (forward)
Flight Deck (late 1917) 228' (69.5 m) (forward)
283' (86.3 m) (aft)
Flight Deck (1925) 576' (175.6 m) (full flight deck)
Flight Deck (1943) 596' (181 m) (full flight deck)
91.6' (28 m) (width)
Armament (design)
Main Battery 2 x 18" (140 mm)/40 MkI (2x1).
One turret forward one turret aft.
Reduced to one turret forward while building.
Aft turret also removed later in 1917
Secondary 10 x 5.5" (140 mm)/50 cal BL MkI (10x1)
Light AA 6 x 4" (102 mm)/45 cal QF HA MkV (6x1)
Armament (late 1917)
Main Battery 10 x 5.5" (140 mm)/50 cal BL MkI (10x1)
Light AA 2 x 4" (102 mm)/45 cal QF HA MkV (2x1)
4 x 40.5 mm (2pdr)/40 cal MkVIII (4x1)
Armament (late 1932)
Main Battery 12 x 4" (102 mm)/45 cal QF HA MkXVI (6x2)
Light AA 6 x 40.5 mm (2pdr)/40 cal MkVIII (6x1)
Armament (1944)
Main Battery 12 x 4" (102 mm)/45 cal QF HA MkXVI (6x2)
Light AA 24 x 40.5 mm (2pdr)/40 cal MkVIII (4x8)
22 x 20 mm/65 cal Oerlikon (22x1)
Aircraft
Fixed Wing 27-36 (full flight deck)
Armour
Belt 3"-1.5" (76-38 mm)
Deck 2"-0.75" (51-19 mm)
Hangar 1" (25 mm)
Bulkhead 1.5" (38 mm)
Gun Shields 1.5" (38 mm)
Propulsion
Boilers 18 Yarrow small tube
Turbines Brown Curtis geared steam
Shafts 4
Horsepower 90,000 shp
Endurance 6,400 NM at 15 knots
Speed 31 knots
30 knots sea speed
Oil Bunkerage 4,035 tons
Complement
Usual 748 (360 air group) (1932)
860 (370 air group) (1945)