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HMS Pioneer (1945)  CVL 

    
This HMS Pioneer was begun as a Light Fleet Carrier, but was completed on Feb-1945 as one of two Aircraft Maintenance Carriers in the Colossus Class. The other being her sister ship HMS Perseus

The concept had been trialled by HMS Unicorn. It was to provide a hull that supported the front line carriers, by ferrying aircraft to them. They also completed heavy maintenance and repairs on aircraft, so freeing up valuable hangar space for operational aircraft.

The concept was fully proved during the Korean War. However with the rundown of aircraft carriers after WW2, Pioneer had a short life.

Pioneer was scrapped in 1954.

 

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This page last edited - 21 October, 2012.

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