Original Royal Navy HMS Colossus Screen Badge – 1943
Crown top badge on bakelite from 1943 Carrier HMS Colossus.
HMS Colossus had a relatively brief time with the Royal Navy. Built by Vickers Armstrong , launched in 1943 and commissioned in 1944.
She was the name-ship of the Colossus-class light fleet aircraft carriers, which were smaller derivatives of the Illustrious-class carriers.
HMS Colossus served with the British Pacific Fleet 1945-46, prior to being loaned to France. She was renamed Arromanches in 1946 and lent to the French Navy. While in French service, she participated in the First Indochina War in 1948 for three months. She was later purchased by the French in 1951.
In 1968 she was converted to an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) carrier, operating up to 24 helicopters. She was decommissioned in 1974 after a long career with the French Navy. She was broken up at Toulon in 1978.
42cm 16.5in dia mount
15in x 12in 38cm x 30cm badge
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