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by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2003

HMS GLORY - Colossus-class Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier

HMS Glory (NavyPhotos, click to enlarge)

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COLOSSUS Class Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier ordered on  14th March 1942 from Harland and Wolff at Belfast and laid down on 28th August that year. The ship was launched on 27th November 1943 as the 13th RN ship to carry the name, introduced in 1747 for  a French Prize (GLOIRE) and last used for the Russian cruiser ASKOLD seized in 1918 and returned  in 1920.Build was completed on 27 November 1944. The record of adoptions held in the Naval Historical Branch, Ministry of Defence shows the ship to have been associated with the Employees  War Appeals Fund, but no other details of date are given.


B a t t l e   H o n o u r s


(*Awarded for  service  with UN).


H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge:  On a Field Blue, a demi-lion erased Gold

holding between the paws a sun in splendour

also gold.


M o t t o

Per concordiam Glory:  'Glory through unity'.


D e t a i l s   o f   W a r   Service


1 9 4 4



November              Commissioned for trials.

                17th        Build completion date and commenced Acceptance Trials.


December              Acceptance Trials.

                                Allocated for service with British Pacific Fleet.


1 9 4 5


January                  On completion commissioned for service.

to                            Worked-up in Home waters with the Home Fleet.

April                       Embarked 829 Squadron of BARRACUDA and 1815 Squadron of CORSAIR aircraft.


April                       Flying trials.


May                        On completion of work-up took passage to Australia to join British warships under

to                            USN command in Task Force 37.

July                         During passage in Mediterranean took part in exercises with Mediterranean Fleet.

                (Note: See WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO), TASK FORCE 57 by P Smith, OPERATION

                PACIFIC by E. Gray and THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton. for details of

                deployment of RN ships under USN overall command.)


August                  Passage in Indian Ocean to Sydney.

                15th        Joined BPF in Sydney.

                Nominated for service in Task Group 111.5 with HM Sloops HART and AMETHYST.

                At request of Australian Government BPF assistance requested to assist with the

                surrender and containment of Japanese personnel.


September             Passage to Solomon Islands.

                6th          Surrender of Japanese forces in Bismarck Archipelago and New Guinea was

                                formally accepted on board by the Australian General Sturdee at Rabaul.


S u m m a r y   o f   P o s t   W a r   S e r v i c e 


HMS GLORY was then deployed on trooping duties and took passage to Manila to embark Prisoners of War for passage to Esquimalt in Canada where they were to return to UK. Over 1,000 men were carried and the ship made three such trips, the first of which was completed in November 1945. The ship remained in the BPF based at Hong Kong until returning to UK in 1947 when she Paid-off  and  was reduced to Reserve status. She was brought forward from Reserve and recommisioned in November 1950 for service in the Far East with the British and Commonwealth ships allocated for service with the UN off Korea. Apart from a refit in Australia in 1951 the ship remained in the Far East until May 1952  when she returned to UK. Whilst on foreign service the ship completed 12 periods with the UN during which her aircraft made over 4,000 sorties in support of military operations. After  arrival in UK she joined the Home Fleet. Between 1953 and 1954 she visited Barcelona in September 1954 and  in January 1955 carried fuel to Loch Eriboll for use by naval helicopters  providing  relief  supplies to isolated communities in Scotland. This ship was Paid Off in 1956 and laid up at Rosyth before being placed on the Disposal List in 1956. A proposal that she be retained in service for use as a  troop  transport was not adopted and the ship remained at Rosyth until put on  the  Disposal List  in 1961. After sale to TW Ward the ship  was towed to the breaker's yard at Inverkeithing for demolition on 23rd August 1961.


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