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Carrier RAS 1964

Passing the test weight. Detail of RAS(S) in the Far East 1964, RFA Resurgent to a carrier, probably HMS Victorious

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I thought HMS Eagle had one too. It's a RN 'Type 984'. I also think the 'Ark' had at one point. The aircraft behind the Island is a Sea Vixen.
 

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I think they all had one at some point, I'd say Hermes or Victorious though as the bigger carriers had much higher islands. Hillshepherd is probably right in saying Victorious.
 

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HMS ARK ROYAL never did get fitted with 984. HMS HERMES never had the 4.5" single mounting in that location in the 60's.
Process of elimination means this must be HMS VICTORIOUS.
 

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Or the 'Eagle'....

However, a picture of a little more superstructure aft of the 984 would help us! Eagle had a lattice mast with a twin 965 aerial aft of the 984.
 

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Two points indicate this can only be VICTORIOUS to me..the island structure is lower than what would be expected for EAGLE, whilst the deck openings seen above the waterline only fit the profile if viewing other shots of VICTROIOUS.

HERMES? The bridge is very similar, but again the openings indicate it can only be VICTORIOUS.

And for my 5c worth...what a STUNNING photo hillshepherd!
 

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Agree about openings. My pictures of Eagle and the Vic show the front of the bridge to be very similar. Even down to the T978 nav radar and the D/F loop on the braced mast forward.
Another problem is the massive difference in the dates of the pictures. I am also assuming they are all annotated correctly!! (No proof reading errors)

As mentioned, nice picture! and perhaps another title could have been:
"disconnect the light jackstay, the Padre's going to walk across"
regards Paul
 

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Many thanks all comments and good humour. It was definitely 1964 and I have now found I have a second shot which I believe to be the same serial. This is posted above - hope it is of interest.
Kind regards H/S
 

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Gentlemen, gentlemen! Has it been so long since you all saw a real carrier, that you have forgotten just how much bigger HMS ARK ROYAL and EAGLE were, when compared with the "light" fleet carriers? Study the photo in this link closely and never again will you confuse the two......I sincerely hope!
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=161123
 

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