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HMS Vengeance
        
 
        
 
        
 

__ June 1952

HMS Vengeance entered Grand Harbour whilst on delivery to the Royal Australian Navy.

Fireflies and Sea Furies were visible on deck.
        
 
        
 

__ January 1953

HMS Vengeance was loaned to the Royal Australian Navy for three years, due to the belated completion of the aircraft-carrier HMAS Melbourne. It was commissioned as HMAS Vengeance on 13th November 1952 and, after embarking three Bristol Sycamore helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy at Devonport, sailed on 7th January 1953 on its delivery voyage to Australia. It proceeded via Gibraltar, Malta, Port Said, Suez Canal, Colombo, Fremantle, Melbourne and eventually arrived in Sydney on 11th March 1953.

At the end of its Australian service, it again visited Malta. HMAS Vengeance departed Sydney for its return voyage to the UK on 16th June 1955, sailing via Singapore, Colombo, Aden, Suez, Port Said, and Malta. It arrived in Portsmouth on 5th August 1955 and on to Devonport on the 13th, where it reverted to the Royal Navy.

In October the ship was decommissioned, and the following year was sold to the Brazilian Navy. It sailed for Rotterdam for a $US27m refit to allow the operation of jet aircraft, sailing for Brazil in January 1961, entering Brazilian Navy service as the Minas Gerai.

The carrier remained in service (with two major refits in the 70’s and 90’s) until decommissioned in 2001, and eventual scrapping in 2003.
        
 
        
 
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