Timeline of aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy

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The following is a timeline of fleet aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom . The first British aircraft carrier was HMS Argus, a converted liner hull.


In addition, during the Second World War, the Royal Navy operated flights of aircraft off Merchant aircraft carriers.


In general, labels for ships of a single class are aligned vertically with the topmost ship in a column carrying the class name.

In an attempt to show the full timeline of the actual existence of each ship, the final dates on each bar may variously be the date struck, sold, scrapped, scuttled, sunk as a reef, etc., as appropriate to show the last time it existed as a floating object.

World War IIWorld War IHMS Prince of Wales (R09)HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)HMS Ark Royal (R07)HMS Illustrious (R06)HMS Invincible (R05)INS Viraat (R22)HMS Hermes (R12)HMS Bulwark (R08)HMS Albion (R07)HMS Centaur (R06)HMS Ark Royal (R09)HMS Eagle (R05)HMAS Sydney (R17)HMAS Sydney (R17)HMCS Bonaventure (CVL 22)HMCS Bonaventure (CVL 22)HMCS Magnificent (CVL 21)HMCS Magnificent (CVL 21)INS Vikrant (R11)INS Vikrant (R11)HMAS Melbourne (R21)HMAS Melbourne (R21)HMS Pioneer (R76)HMS Perseus (R51)HMS Warrior (R31)HMS Warrior (R31)HMS Vengeance (R71)HMS Vengeance (R71)HMS Vengeance (R71)ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2)HNLMS Karel Doorman (R81)HMS Venerable (R63)HMS Triumph (R16)HMS Theseus (R64)HMS Ocean (R68)HMS Glory (R62)French aircraft carrier Arromanches (R95)French aircraft carrier Arromanches (R95)HMS Indefatigable (R10)HMS Implacable (R86)HMS Indomitable (92)HMS Victorious (R38)HMS Formidable (67)HMS Illustrious (87)HMS Unicorn (I72)HMS Ark Royal (91)HMS Hermes (95)HMS Eagle (1918)HMS Furious (47)HMS Courageous (50)HMS GloriousHMS Argus (I49)Timeline of aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy

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