HMS Fearless

Lowering an LCM filled with Royal Marine Commandos from the davits of HMS Fearless during Exercise Slip Pillow, a combined operations exercise at Barrybudden, Firth of Tay. © Crown copyright. IWM (RAF-T 8279)

Royal Navy task force assembled at Aden for final withdrawal, November 1967. In the foreground is the assault ship HMS Fearless and behind her (left) is her sister ship HMS Intrepid. On the right is the commando carrier HMS Albion.© Crown copyright. IWM (A 35117)

HMS Fearless assisting ‘Athena’ off Valetta, Malta, 1976.

HMS Fearless, HMS Tiger, HMS Glamorgan during Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, 1977.

HMS Fearless, Malta, May 1978 (photo: Emmanuel.L).

HMS Fearless during the Falklands War, 1982. Sea King, Lynx and Wessex helicopters are embarked on the flight deck while a Sea King hovers overhead. © Crown copyright. IWM (FKD 188)

HMS Fearless flooded down in San Carlos Water, 1982. © Crown copyright. IWM (FKD 1216)

Three landing craft from HMS Fearless, containing Royal Marines from 3 Commando Brigade, head through rough seas for Blue Beach at San Carlos on 21 May 1982.© Crown copyright. IWM (FKD 392)

Cartoon by Roy Carr, 1982.

HMS Fearless underway off the coast of North Carolina, 1996 (photo:

HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid moored in Fareham Creek, June 2005 (photo: Colin Lee)

HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid, Fareham Creek, June 2005 (photo: Colin Lee)

HMS Fearless Airfix model (photo: Joe Haupt).

1/600 HMS Fearless (photo: Andy Mullen)

HMS Fearless recycling at Van Heyghen, Belgium (photo: Christophe Van Eecken).

The remains of HMS Fearless on the slipway of Van Heyghen Recycling in Ghent-Belgium (photo: Peter Wyntin).

KC-130F Hercules landing and take-off from USS Forrestal

In 1963, a USMC KC-130F loaned to the US Navy for carrier on-board delivery (COD) trials, became the largest and heaviest aircraft to land and take off from an aircraft carrier. To date (2014) the record still stands.

USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and KC-130F Hercules, 1963.

USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and KC-130F Hercules, 1963.

During the trials aboard the USS Forrestal (CVA-59), the KC-130F completed:


  • 29 touch-and-go landings
  • 21 unarrested full-stop landings
  • 21 unassisted take-offs
KC-130F Hercules take-off from aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59), 1963.

KC-130F Hercules take-off from aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59), 1963.

The pilot of the Hercules was US Navy test pilot Lieutenant James H. Flatley III (later Rear Admiral) who received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation in the trails.

41 For Freedom

The “41 for Freedom” were 41 ballistic missile submarines commissioned by the US Navy during the Cold War. They included submarines from the George Washington (5), Ethan Allen (5), Lafayette (9), James Madison (10) and Benjamin Franklin (12) classes. The first to enter commission was the USS George Washington (SSBN-598) on 30 December 1959 and the last to inactivate from US Navy service was the USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642) on 2 April 2002.

VIDEO: Carrier trials of SEPECAT Jaguar M on FS Clemenceau (July 1970)

Carrier trails of the SEPECAT Jaguar “M” prototype aboard the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau in July 1970.

From Wikipedia:

An “M” prototype flew in November 1969. The “M” had a strengthened airframe, an arrestor hook and different undercarriage: twin nosewheel and single mainwheels. After testing in France it went to RAE at Thurleigh for carrier landing trials from their land based catapult. In July 1970 it made real take offs and landings from the French carrier Clemenceau. From these trials there were doubts about the throttle response in case of an aborted landing; the shipboard testing has also revealed problems with the aircraft’s handling when flying on one engine, although planned engine improvements were to have rectified these problems. The “M” was considered a suitable replacement for the Etendard IV but the Aeronavale would only be able to purchase 60 instead of 100 aircraft.

Furthermore, the Jaguar M was expensive, limiting the size of the force the French Navy could afford. In 1971, Dassault proposed the Super Étendard, claiming that it was a simpler and cheap development of the existing Étendard IV, and in 1973, the French Navy agreed to order it instead of the Jaguar, although rising costs of the Super Étendard meant that only 71 of the planned 100 aircraft were purchased. The M was cancelled by the French government in 1973.

Royal Navy Films (YouTube channel)

Please visit the Royal Navy Films YouTube channel. It is a collection of Royal Navy instructional films, documentaries, recruitment ads, and miscellaneous bits & pieces.

Here is a sample: Action Navy (1975), Launch & Recover (1960), and Sam Pepys Joins the Navy (1941). There are more at the YouTube channel.