Allied Warships

HMS Pioneer (D 76)

Aircraft Carrier of the Colossus class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
PennantD 76 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down2 Dec 1942 
Launched20 May 1944 
Commissioned8 Feb 1945 
End service 

Renamed HMS Pioneer in July 1944.

Pioneer's wartime service was as a Colossus class maintenance support ship/carrier up until 1953. From February 1945 she was used as a maintenance support ship, and after VJ-Day was also resonsible for ditching obsolete aircraft off the Australian coast. She carried no operational aircraft but had workshops, cranes and guns fitted on her flightdeck. Pioneer was stricken in 1954 and broken up at Inverkeithing starting in September 1954.  

Former nameHMS Mars

Commands listed for HMS Pioneer (D 76)

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1Capt. Harry Stewart Murray-Smith, RN7 Nov 194414 Jan 1946

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