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Unicorn, British Light Carrier


Photograph of Unicorn, British carrier

National Archives #80-G-427411


Specifications:


Tonnage 16,530 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 575' by 90' by 20'6"
175.26m by 27.43m by 6.25m
Maximum speed       24 knots
Complement 1094
Aircraft 610' (185.9m) flight deck
1 catapult
2 elevators
36 aircraft
Armament 4x2 4"/45 dual-purpose guns
4x4 40mm/40 AA guns
5x2, 6x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Protection
2" (51mm) NC flight deck
1" (25mm) elevators
2"/2" (51mm/51mm) forward magazine crowns/sides
3"/2" (76mm/51mm) aft magazine crowns/sides
1.5" (38m) torpedo bulkhead
Machinery
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (40,000 shp)
4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
Bunkerage 3000 tons fuel oil
Sensors
Type 281 air search radar
Type 282 fire control radar
Type 285 fire control radar

The Unicorn was originally designed as a depot ship, but was converted on the ways to an aircraft carrier based loosely on the Ark Royal. She retained her internal workshops at the cost of hangar space and speed, suggesting that her designers expected her to operate primarily as an aircraft maintenance ship even after conversion. She deployed to the Pacific in time to participate in the Okinawa campaign.


References

Chesneau (1980, 1992)
Gogin (2010; accessed 2013-4-20)

Worth (2001)



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