Colossus Class, British Light Carriers

Photograph of Colossus-class carrier in postwar exercises

Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 97010


Tonnage 13,190 tons standard
Dimensions 695' by 80' by 18'6"
211.84m by 24.38m by 5.64m
Maximum speed      25 knots
Complement 1300
Aircraft 680' (207.3m) flight deck
2 elevators
1 catapult
48 aircraft
Armament 6x4 40mm/40 AA guns
32 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (40,000 shp)
4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Bunkerage 3196 tons fuel oil
Range 12,000 nautical miles (22,000 km) at 14 knots
Type 281 air search radar

The Colossus class has been described as a scaled-down Illustrious class. However, the design was fundamentally different, being based on a merchant hull to keep down costs. The ships had no armor protection at all. However, they had better speed than escort carriers and could operate a reasonable air group for a light carrier. This varied from unit to unit but consisted of Barracudas and Fireflies on Vengeance.

Units in the Pacific:

Arrived 1945-1
Arrived 1945-2


Chesneau (1992)

Worth (2001)

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