H.M.S. EAGLE 1964 - 1966
*Please Note this page is always under construction*
Initially laid down in 1942 at Harland and Wolff's, Belfast yard as 'Audacious' (first of four projected carriers of the Audacious Class ) She was launched as 'Eagle' (the fifteenth Royal Navy ship to be so named) in March 1946 after the proposed ship of that name was subsequently cancelled. Her sister ship; although proposed as 'Irresitible' became the 'Ark Royal'. The sisters became the two largest British Carriers built to date.
'Eagle' was first commissioned in 1952. In 1959 She was taken to Devonport Dockyard for an extensive refit and modernisation.
She was re-commissioned in 1964 a very new and different ship. In addition to major improvements to her accommodation, machinery and weaponry she also acquired an angled deck, enlarged island and as a result of all these plus more changes; an increased displacement (+50,000 tons) making her the largest ship in the Royal Navy.
Leaving Malta 1965
My Stepdad; 'Spike' Hughes served aboard Eagle 1964 to 1966 as a NAM (Naval Air Mechanic) with 800B Flight (Scimitar aircraft) the flight's logo was a brimming over beer tankard, used as a result of sponsorship from a major brewery - drink never being far from a servicemans thoughts.....
Scimitar Tanker of 800B Flight
As well as 800B Flight, there was also aboard:
800 Squadron - Buccaneers
820 Squadron - Wessex Mk1's
899 Squadron - Sea Vixens
849D Flight - Gannet
Buccaneer without undercarriage at Singapore...........................
Vixen misses the Arrester Hook !!!!
A Buccaneer flying without Pilot ?????
Some crew Members in different poses !!
'Eagle' off Mombasa
Doug Harrisons' Vixen Photo's
Adrian Hoopers 1950's 'Eagle' snaps..
Other R.N. Carriers of the same era.....
HMS Albion being replenished at sea....
HMS Albion going under a bridge (not sure where)..
Wessex 5 Commando carrier from 'Albion' in Norway..
HMS Hermes making foam..........................
Ted Cooper who served on H.M.S. Theseus
HMS Hampshire and miscellaneous pics....
'Buccaneer' from HMS Fulmar (Lossiemouth)
"Spike" my old stepdad (far left) Whale Island - 1967
RNSHIPS - Onelist Community Site
Some Pages Worth Visiting.......
H.M.S. Cossack Association - New Pages about the last two ships of that name
this page will be extended as time permits.....I've got loads more stuff to include..