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Aircraft Carrier Pennant and Deck Identification Codes 

See Also: US Built Lend-Lease CarriersHelicopter Carriers and Seaplane Carriers  below:

Aircraft Carrier Name

Type Pennant No pre-1947 Pennant No post 1947 Deck Code
Furious (1917) CV ? n/a ?
Argus (1918) CV ? n/a ?
Eagle (1919) CV ? n/a ?
Vindictive (1918) CV ? n/a ?
Hermes (1923) CV ? n/a ?
Glorious (1927) CV ? n/a ?
Courageous (1928) CV ? n/a ?
Ark Royal (1938) CV ? n/a ?
Illustrious (1940) CV 87 R87 D
Formidable (1940) CV 67 R67 E
Victorious (1941) CV 38 R38 P, V (Post 1958)
Indomitable (1941) CV 92 R92 A, C (Post 1946)
Audacity (1941) CVE ? n/a ?
Activity (1942) CVE ? n/a ?
Pretoria Castle (1943) CVE ? n/a ?
Unicorn (1943) CVM I72 R72/A195 ?
Vindex (1943) CVE ? n/a V
Nairana (1943) CVE ? n/a Y
Campania (1943) CVE D48 ? Z
Indefatigable (1944) CV 10 R10 B
Implacable (1944) CV 86 R86 C, N (Post 1946)
Colossus (1944) CVL 15 n/a D (1945)
Perseus (1945) CVL 51 R51/A197 -
Ocean (1945) CVL 68 R68 O
Vengeance (1945) CVL 71 R71 Q
Glory (1945) CVL 62 R62 R
Pioneer (1945) CVL D76 R76 -
Venerable (1945) CVL 04 R81 Y (D as Karel Doorman )
Warrior (1946) CVL 31 R31 W
Theseus (1946) CVL 64 R64 T
Triumph (1946) CVL 16 R16 / A108(1965) P
Magnificent (1948) CVL n/a To RCN 1948 ?
Terrible (1949) CVL n/a R17 K (RAN 1948)
Centaur (1953) CVL n/a R06 C
Eagle (1952) CVL n/a R05 ?
Albion (1954) CVL n/a R07 Z, A
Bulwark (1954) CVL n/a R08 B
Ark Royal (1955) CVL n/a R09 ?
Majestic (1955) CVL n/a R17 Y/M To RAN 1952
Powerful (1957) (RCN) CVL n/a R12 22
Hermes (1959) CVL n/a R12 H
Hercules (1961) CVL n/a R11 IS Indian Navy Vikrant 1960
Invincible (1980) CVS n/a R05 N
Illustrious (1982) CVS n/a R06 L
Ark Royal (1985) CVS n/a R07 R
         
         
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US Built Lend-Lease  Carrier Name Type Pennant No pre-1947 Pennant No post 1947 Deck Code
Archer Class        
Archer CVE ? n/a ?
Avenger CVE ? n/a ?
Biter CVE ? n/a ?
Dasher CVE ? n/a ?
Note: With the large number of carriers in commission by 1944, there was some duplication of deck codes. letters were often changed, sometimes monthly. The same letter was also used by carriers in different fleets. Codes known to have been allocated are listed.
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Attacker Class        
Attacker CVE ? n/a ?
Battler CVE ? n/a B
Chaser CVE ? n/a ?
Fencer CVE ? n/a ?
Hunter CVE ? n/a ?
Pursuer CVE ? n/a U
Ravager CVE ? n/a V
Searcher CVE ? n/a S
Stalker CVE / n/a ?
Striker CVE ? n/a ?
Tracker CVE ? n/a TR
Note: With the large number of carriers in commission by 1944, there was some duplication of deck codes. letters were often changed, sometimes monthly. The same letter was also used by carriers in different fleets. Codes known to have been allocated are listed.
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Ruler Class        
Ameer CVE ? n/a ?
Arbiter CVE ? n/a ?
Atheling CVE ? n/a ?
Begum CVE ? n/a ?
Emperor CVE ? n/a E
Empress CVE ? n/a ?
Khedive CVE ? n/a ?
Nabob CVE ? n/a ?
Patroller CVE ? n/a F
Premier CVE ? n/a P
Puncher CVE ? n/a N
Queen CVE ? n/a Q
Rajah CVE ? n/a ?
Ranee CVE ? n/a F
Reaper CVE ? n/a R
Ruler CVE ? n/a ?
Shah CVE ? n/a ?
Slinger CVE ? n/a ?
Smiter CVE ? n/a G
Thane CVE ? n/a ?
Trouncer CVE ? n/a I
Trumpeter CVE ? n/a ?
Note: With the large number of carriers in commission by 1944, there was some duplication of deck codes. letters were often changed, sometimes monthly. The same letter was also used by carriers in different fleets. Codes known to have been allocated are listed.
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Helicopter Carrier Name Type Pennant No pre-1947 Pennant No post 1947 Deck Code
Fearless -Assault Ship n/a L10 (ex L3004) FS
Intrepid -Assault Ship n/a L11 (ex L3005) ID
Tiger -Helicopter Cruiser C20 C20 TG
Blake -Helicopter Cruiser C99 C99 BL
Lofoten - L3027 K07 ?
Engadine -Helicopter Support Ship n/a K08 EN
Reliant - n/a A131 ?
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Seaplane Carrier Name Type Pennant No pre-1947 Pennant No post 1947 Deck Code
Hermes (1913) -Trials Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Empress (1914) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Riviera (1914) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Engadine (1914) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Raven II (1915) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Ark Royal (1914) / Pegasus (1934) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a PS
Raven II (1915) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Ben-my-Chree (1915) -Seaplane Carrier   n/a n/a
Anne (1915) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Vindex (1915) -Mixed Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Campania (1916) -Seaplane carrier n/a n/a n/a
Manxman (1916) -Mixed Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Brocklesby (1916) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Killingholme (1916) -Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Nairana (1917) -Mixed Carrier n/a n/a n/a
Pegasus (1917) -Mixed Carrier n/a n/a n/a
E22 Submarine (1916) -Submarine Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
M2 Submarine
(Converted 1928)
-Submarine Seaplane Carrier n/a n/a n/a
         
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This page last edited - 19 January, 2013.

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