Glorious and Majestic old Warships

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    I would like to dedicate this thread to the glorious old warships (of all nations) of an era gone by. A fortunate few have survived the wars and age and become floating museums, while others were used as target vessels or worse broken up and turned into eating utensils.

    Please feel free to post you old Naval photos and tell us the history and story behind them so they are not forgotten

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    ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2) was an aircraft carrier in the Argentine Navy from 1969 to 1997. The English translation of the name is Twenty-fifth of May, which is the date ofArgentina's May Revolution in 1810.

    As a Colossus-class aircraft carrier, she was named HMS Venerable and saw service in the British Pacific Fleet. Venerable only served three years in the Royal Navy before being sold to the Netherlands as HNLMS Karel Doorman.

    After a boiler room fire, the carrier was rebuilt, and sold to Argentina.The Argentines already operated a carrier, ARA Independencia, also a former Royal NavyColossus-class. After Independencia was decommissioned in 1970, Veinticinco de Mayo was the sole remaining carrier in the Argentine fleet. She could carry up to 24 aircraft.


    Royal Navy:
    Name: HMS Venerable (R63)
    Orderer: 7 August 1942
    Builder: Cammell Laird
    Yard number: 1126
    Laid down: 3 December 1942
    Launched: 30 December 1943
    Commissioned: 27 November 1944
    Decommissioned: April 1947
    Fate: Sold to the Netherlands 1 April 1948

    Dutch Navy:
    Name: HNLMS Karel Doorman (R81)
    Namesake: Karel Doorman
    Acquired: 1 April 1948
    Commissioned: 28 May 1948
    Decommissioned: 29 April 1968
    Refit: 1955-1958
    1965-1966
    Fate: Sold to Argentina 15 October 1968

    Argentine Navy:
    Name: Veinticinco de Mayo
    Namesake: Date of the May Revolution
    Acquired: 15 October 1968
    Commissioned: 12 March 1969
    Decommissioned: 1997
    Out of service: Inoperable by 1990
    Refit: 1969
    Homeport: Puerto Belgrano Naval Base
    Fate: Provided spare parts for NAeL Minas Gerais and remainder was scrapped in 2000

    I found some old pictures of the 25 de Mayo:

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    After modifications to flight deck:
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    More pictures of the 25 de Mayo:

    Central elevator with Super Etendard
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    Hanger area and elevator shaft
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    A-4Q coming in for a landing
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    A-4Q and Super Etendard operating on deck
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    Being refitted in port:
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    Pilots and A-4Q operating on deck of the 25 de Mayo:
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    More air operations on the deck of the 25 de Mayo:

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    Old Plans of the HMS Venerable:
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    Removal of radar prior to being towed to India for dismantling:
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    And so she old HMS Venerable, HNLMS Karel Doorman and ARA 25 de Mayo dies a slow death………………
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    So sad to see it goes into the scrap.
     
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