Allied Warships

HMS Vindictive

Repair Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRepair Ship
Class[No specific class] 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Laid down29 Jun 1916 
Launched17 Jan 1918 
Commissioned 1940 
End service 

Designed as an Cavendish class heavy cruiser but redesigned as a aircraft carrier and renamed HMS Vindictive. Between 1923 and 1925 she was reconverted back to a cruiser. In 1939-1940 she was converted to a repair ship. She served as a base ship during the Norwegian Campaign and later with the South Atlantic fleet during 1940-1942, Mediterranean Fleet 1943-1944 and Home Fleet and reserve 1945. Scrapped at Blyth in February 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Vindictive

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1Capt. Henry Cecil Bovell, RN17 Dec 193825 Sep 1939

2Capt. Arthur Robert Halfhide, RN2 Jan 1940late 1940

3Capt. Hubert Guy Dyke Acland, DSO, RN15 Mar 194115 Dec 1942
4Capt. Herbert Wyndham Williams, RN15 Dec 194230 Jan 1943
5G R S Watkins, RN30 Jan 1943

6A/Capt. (retired) Edmund Hugh Hopkinson, RN4 Dec 1943

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Notable events involving Vindictive include:

13 May 1940
French troops were landed at Bjervik, Norway today. This is just to the north of Narvik. The town was captured successfully.

Naval ships involved in landing the troops and to provide cover were; battleship HMS Resolution (Capt. O. Bevir, RN), light cruisers HMS Aurora (Capt. L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN), HMS Effingham (Capt. J.M. Howson, RN) which both landed French troops, repair ship HMS Vindictive (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, RN), netlayer HMS Protector (Capt. W.Y la L. Beverley, RN) and the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN), HMS Basilisk (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, RN) and HMS Wren (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, RN).

Air cover for this operation was provided, from a distance, by aircraft from HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN).

Later this day these ships also bombarded Narvik with the assistance of aircraft from the Ark Royal.

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