Light Fleet Carrier
Became HMCS Warrior 1946 (Canada)
ARA  Independencia 1958 (Argentina)


Warrior was built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast. Laid down 12 December 1942. Launched 20 May 1944. Loaned to Royal Canadian Navy 1946-48 where commissioned as HMCS Warrior 24 January 1946.

HMCS Warrior

Returned to UK 1956 and modernised. Sold to Argentina as Independencia 1958.

HMS Warrior passing through the Panama Canal 1957

Commissioned 26 January 1959. Stricken from Argentinian Navy 1971. Broken up.

Battle Honours

No WWII Captains.

Squadrons and Aircraft
None in WWII

Associations and Reunions
HMS Warrior 1946-58: Reunion, 2001. C/O Royal Sailors Home Club, Portsmouth. 2001


Carrier name HMS Warrior (loaned as HMCS Warrior 1946 (Canada), sold as Independencia in 1958 (Argentina). 
Class Colossus
Type Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Ships in Class Colossus, Vengeance, Venerable, Pioneer, Glory, Ocean, Perseus, Theseus, Triumph, Warrior
Launched Laid down 12 December 1942. Launched 20 May 1944. Loaned to Royal Canadian Navy 1946-48 and not commissioned into RN until November 1948. 
Tonnage Displacement: 13,400 tons standard ; 18,330 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 ; 32 x 20 mm 
Crew Complement Compliment: 1300 (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 Aircraft: 48
Fate of carrier Stricken from Argentinean Navy 1971. Broken up. 
Notes Scaled down version of Illustrious class but with a large aircraft compliment achieved by a lack of armour. Designed for rapid construction in merchant yards to make up for the shortfall in carriers but much more capable than escort carriers. Perseus and Pioneer were completed as maintenance carriers without catapults. After the war various units of the class were sold or reconstructed with angled decks or as helicopter carriers.

Canadian aircraft carriers - Canadian history   
Bonaventure 'Modified Majestic type' Magnificent 'Majestic type' Warrior 'Collossus type   
Unofficial site - Armada Argentina
Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS SUPERMARINE SEAFIRE F. Mk.XV, 803 Squadron, Royal Canadian Navy, H.M.C.S. Warrior, April, 1947
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
        Last Modified: 23-2-2001


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