- HMS Implacable (R86)
HMS "Implacable" (R86) was an "Implacable"-class
aircraft carrierof the Royal Navy. She was laid down at Fairfields Shipyard on Clydesidethree months after her sister-ship "Indefatigable" and was clearly destined for the British Pacific Fleetonce worked up. Her first commanding officer was Captain Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh, but he was replaced on promotion by Captain Charles Hughes-Hallett before sailing for the Far East.
After several attacks on the German battleship "Tirpitz" early in 1944 the ship prepared for the main task.
27 November 1944 Fairey Barracudaplanes from the carrier bombed two Norwegian ships carrying Allied prisoners of war, killing 2,571 onboard the "Rigel", one of the largest maritime disasters ever. The vessels were apparently mistaken for being German troop transports."Implacable" arrived at Sydneyon 8 May 1945( V-E Day). She joined the carrier squadron as replacement for "Illustrious", which was due to return to the United Kingdomfor a major refit.
Among other types of plane, "Implacable" operated the
Fairey Firefly, the Supermarine Seafireand the Grumman Avenger.
Her first operation as part of the BPF was against Japanese airfields at
Trukin the Caroline Islands.
The ship remained in Pacific waters after the end of the conflict, becoming the flagship of
Sir Philip Vianwhen he took over as Vice-Admiral BPF for a period. She returned to the United Kingdom in time for the Victory Parade.
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