photo of Warrior
just prior to completion
in her element
seen from Warrior
HMCS Warrior was the first aircraft
carrier that was commissioned in the RCN, although she was being
loaned from the Royal Navy. She was built by Harland and Wolff; was
laid down on December 12th, 1942; launched on May 20th, 1944; and was
commissioned on March 14, 1946.
Early in her career, it was discovered that she was
not equipped with the proper heating she would need for operations in the
harsh North Atlantic, as the RN had been using her in the much warmer
Indian Ocean. On her first winter in Canada, she had to sail to the
west coast so she could escape the ice and cold. In 1948, she was
sent back to the RN in exchange for HMCS Magnificent, which was much
better suited to the rigors of operation in the Atlantic ocean.
After returning to the Royal Navy, Warrior was upgraded with an
angled flight deck and served admirably there until 1958, when she was
transferred to the Argentine Navy and renamed Independencia.
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Warrior, Improved Colossus Class Light Fleet
After Canadian service,
commissioned as HMS Warrior, HMS Brave, and the
||13,350 tons, and 18,300 tons full load|
||-Length on flight deck: 700' 0"|
-Length on waterline: 682'
-Beam on waterline: 80' 0"
-Draught: 23' 0"
flight deck: 112' 2"
||Parsons single-reduction geared steam turbines, four Admiralty
3-drum type 350psi boilers, two shafts; 40,000hp|
||Maximum: 25 knots|
||12,000 nautical miles at 14 knots.|
||Around 34-48 aircraft, including: |
Ø 825 & 826 Squadron's
Fairey Firefly FR.I's
& 883 Squadrons' Supermarine Seafire Mk.XV's
||Six quadruple two-pounder pompom AA, up to thirty-two 20mm
Oerlikon AA or twelve to twenty-one 40mm Bofors AA (usually nineteen
|Captain Frank L. Houghton, CBE
Jan '46 - Jan
Commodore Harry G. DeWolfe, CBE, DSO, DSC
Jan '47 -
||January 24th, 1946|
||March 23rd, 1948|