HMS Perseus (ii) (D 51)
Aircraft Carrier of the Colossus class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Tyne) : Vickers Armstrong (Barrow)|
|Ordered||14 Mar 1942|
|Laid down||1 Jun 1942|
|Launched||26 Mar 1944|
|Commissioned||19 Oct 1945|
Originally to be named HMS Edgar. She was renamed HMS Perseus in June 1944.
She was completed as an aircraft repair ship and could not fly aircraft on or off as catapult was not fitted at that time and an acetylene producing plant was built on the aft end of the flight deck.
On commissioning in October 1945, Perseus served as a maintenance support ship, she went into reserve in June 1946. In the first three months of 1952, the US Navy carried out tests of the RN developed steam catapult, launching US naval aircraft at sea from HMS Perseus, and on land at the Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, and the Naval Operating Base, Norfolk. In April 1952, the US Navy announced that this catapult would be adopted for use on US aircraft carriers, with the first installation on the USS Hancock. Perseus was subsequently stricken in 1957 and broken up commencing 6 May 1958 at Port Glasgow.
|Former name||HMS Edgar|
Commands listed for HMS Perseus (ii) (D 51)
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|1||A/Capt. George Robert Deverell, RN||17 Apr 1945||14 Jan 1946|
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