Modified ILLUSTRIOUS Class Fleet Aircraft Carrier ordered under 1938 Programme from Fairfield Shipbuilders, Govan, Glasgow In October 1938. The ship was laid down during February 1939 and launched on 10th December 1942. She was commissioned on 25 May 1944 and completed and accepted into RN service on 28 Aug 1944
For detailed WWII service see : https://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Ch...Implacable.htm
P o s t W a r N o t e s
HMS IMPLACABLE landed her air crews and aircraft in Australia and was converted to accommodate passengers. She was then deployed for repatriation of British POW and embarked 2,127 at Manila to take passage to Canada arriving at Esquimalt on 11 October 1945. In January 1946 she visited Melbourne with HMS INDEFATIGABLE and sailed for UK in May, arriving in June that year. The ship was placed in Reserve and refitted before joining the Home Fleet as Flagship in 1949. Due to manning problems during 1950 many Home Fleet ships had to be withdrawn from service and HMS IMPLACABLE was deployed in the Training Squadron and continued service in the training role until 1954 when placed in Reserve. Placed on the Disposal List she was sold for breaking-up at Inverkeithing, Rosyth arriving at the breaker’s yard on 3rd November 1955.
HMS IMPLACABLE photographed at Greenock, believe sometime in 1944 information from IWM site
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