HMS Glory, British light fleet carrier, WW2

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COLOSSUS Class Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier ordered on 
14th March 1942
from Harland and Wolff at
Belfast and laid down on 28th August that year. The ship was
launched on 27th November 1943 as
the 13th RN ship to carry the name, introduced in 1747 for  a French Prize (GLOIRE) and last
used for
the Russian cruiser ASKOLD seized in 1918 and returned  in 1920.Build was completed
on
27
November
1944. The
record of adoptions held in the Naval Historical Branch, Ministry of Defence shows the
ship to have been
associated with the Employees 
War Appeals Fund, but no
other details of date are
given.

B a t t l e   H o n o u r s

GLORIOUS 
FIRST OF JUNE  1794 – CALDER’S ACTION 1805 – GUADELOUPE
1810 – MARTINIQUE
1809 –
CHINA 
1900 – DARDANELLES  1915 – KOREA 
1950-53*

(*Awarded for  service  with UN).

H e r a l d i c   D a
t a

Badge:  On a Field Blue, a demi-lion erased Gold

holding between the paws a sun in splendour

also gold.

M o t t o

Per concordiam
Glory:  ‘Glory through unity’.

D e t a i l s   o
f   W a r   Service

1 9 4 4

November              Commissioned for trials.

                17th        Build completion date and commenced
Acceptance Trials.

December              Acceptance
Trials.

                                Allocated for service with British Pacific Fleet.

1 9 4 5

January                  On completion commissioned for
service.

to                            Worked-up in Home
waters with the Home Fleet.

April                       Embarked 829 Squadron of
BARRACUDA and 1815 Squadron of CORSAIR aircraft.

April                       Flying
trials.

May                        On completion of work-up
took passage to Australia to join British warships under

to                            USN command in Task
Force 37.

July                         During passage in
Mediterranean took part in exercises with Mediterranean Fleet.

                (Note:
See WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO), TASK FORCE 57 by P
Smith, OPERATION

                PACIFIC by E. Gray and THE FORGOTTENFLEET by J Winton. for details of

                deployment of RN ships under USN overall command.)

August                  Passage
in Indian Ocean to Sydney.

                15th        Joined BPF in Sydney.

                Nominated for service in Task Group 111.5 with HM Sloops HART and
AMETHYST.

                At
request of Australian Government BPF assistance requested to assist with the

                surrender and containment of Japanese personnel.

September             Passage
to Solomon Islands.

                6th          Surrender of Japanese forces in Bismarck Archipelago and
New Guinea was

                                formally accepted on board by the Australian General Sturdee at Rabaul.

S u m m a r y   o f  
P o s t   W a r   S e r v i c e 

HMS GLORY was then deployed on trooping duties and took
passage to
Manila to embark
Prisoners of War
for passage to Esquimalt in

Canada where they were to return to UK.

Over 1,000 men were carried and
the ship made three such trips, the first of which was
completed in November 1945. The ship remained
in the BPF based at

Hong Kong
until returning to UK in 1947 when she Paid-off 
and  was reduced to
Reserve status. She was
brought forward from Reserve and recommisioned
in November 1950 for service
in the

Far East with
the British and Commonwealth ships allocated for service with the UN off

Korea. Apart from a refit in

Australia in 1951 the ship remained in the Far East
until May 1952 
when she
returned to
UK. Whilst on
foreign service the
ship completed 12 periods
with the UN during which her
aircraft made over 4,000 sorties in
support of military
operations. After 
arrival in UK she joined
the Home Fleet. Between 1953 and 1954
she visited Barcelona in September 1954 and 
in January 1955
carried fuel to Loch
Eriboll for
use
by naval helicopters  providing  relief 
supplies to isolated communities in

Scotland.
This ship was Paid Off in 1956 and laid up at
Rosyth before being placed on

the
Disposal List in 1956. A proposal that she be retained in service for use as
a  troop  transport
was
not adopted and the ship remained at Rosyth until put
on  the 
Disposal List  in
1961. After sale to TW Ward the
ship  was towed to the breaker’s yard at
Inverkeithing for
demolition
on
23rd August 1961.

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