HMS Implacable R86

The HMS Implacable (R86) was a British Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier which saw combat action during World War II. Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, in Glasgow, Scotland, she was launched in 1942 and commissioned in August 1944, being the leadship of the Implacable-Class of aircraft carriers. When she entered service, she operated first in the North Sea, carrying out air raids against German ships. In 1945, HMS Implacable was assigned to the British Pacific Fleet, participating in the Allied attacks on the Japanese air base at Truk, Caroline Islands. She was decommisioned in 1954.

Aircraft on board the HMS Implacable R86: a total of 80. Fighters: Fairey Firefly and Supermarine Seafire (the naval variant of the Spitfire). Dive bombers: Fairey Barracuda and Grumman TBF Avenger.


Length: 233.6 m

Beam: 29.18 m

Draft: 8.8 m

Displacement: 24,000 tons (empty)

Power plant: 4 steam turbines, with 8 boilers

Cruise speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)

Range: 11,000 nautical miles (20,000 km)

Weapons: 8 QF 113mm naval guns; 48 QF 40mm AA guns; 27 Oerlikon 20mm AA guns


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