Light Fleet Carrier

Became HMAS Sydney III 1948 (Australia)



HMS Terrible was built by Devonport, laid down 19 April 1943, launched 30 September 1944.

HMS Terrible was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Sydney III on 16 February 1948. Commissioned 5 February 1949. In 1951 and 1952 HMAS Sydney III operated with the United Nations forces in Korean waters. She participated in many actions and created a light fleet carrier record when she achieved 89 aircraft sorties in one day.

HMAS Sydney 1949 - Sea Furies overhead.

HMAS Sydney was converted to a transport 1962. Stricken 1973. Broken up 1975 in South Korea.

Battle Honours
None in WWII

None in WWII

Squadrons and Aircraft
None in WWII

The extant Fairey Firefly WB271 of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, Yeovilton (UK) flew from HMAS Sydney in the 1950s (ex HMS Terrible)

The extant Fairey Firefly WB271 of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, Yeovilton (UK) entered service with 814 squadron at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, in July 1949 and spent nine months at sea with HMS Vengeance and afterwards to Korea. She was then transferred to the Royal Australian Navy and served on the Carrier ‘Sydney’ before conversion for target towing duties in 1957 (see RNHF website).

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Carrier name HMS Terrible. Transferred as HMAS Sydney 1948 (Australia)
Class Majestic Class
Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Ships in Class Majestic, Terrible, Magnificent, Powerful, Leviathan, Hercules
Launched Laid down 19 April 1943. Launched 30 September 1944. Transferred to Royal Australian Navy. Commissioned 5 February 1949. 
Tonnage Displacement: 14,224 tons standard ; 18,085 tons full load
Engines Propulsion: Steam Turbines (4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, Parsons geared turbines), 40,000 shp.
Speed in Knots Speed: 25 knots
Armament Guns: 24 x 2 pdr AA ; 19 x 40 mm 
Crew Complement Compliment: 1100 (including air group)
Range  Range: 12,000 nmiles at 14 knots
Length (ft/inches) Dimensions: 630 pp, 650 wl, 695 oa x 80 x 23.5 feet
Beam (ft/inches)  
Draught (ft/inches)  
Flight Deck length (ft/inches)  
Flight Deck width (ft/inches)  
Number of aircraft carried 37
Fate of carrier Stricken 1973. Broken up 1975. 
Notes Originally part of the Colossus class, these last six ships were completed to a slightly modified design more suited to operating heavier aircraft. None commissioned into the Royal Navy, all but one being sold.

HMAS Sydney - in Britain's Small wars website Details of HMAS Sydney, the former HMS Terrible, and her Battle activities in the Korean war
Australia's Museum of Flight Australia's aircraft carier history from the Australian FAA Museum
HMAS Sydney The current HMAS Sydney and its website
Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8

The World’s Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Janes London 1941 1st ed. 

Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639

World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway
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