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HMS Victorious
        
 

27 November 1959

Ship arrived for a brief visit.
        
 

15 August 1961

No further details available.
        
 

9 December 1961

HMS Victorious enters Grand Harbour with HMS Ark Royal.
        
 

20-__ July 1966

According to The Times’ coloumn Fifty Years Ago the carrier had been engaged in exercises with the US Navy in the Mediterranean, and entered port for a four-day visit, prior to continuing for the Far East.

The following helicopters/aircraft were logged at RAF Luqa, exact date unknown.


AIRCRAFT SERIAL SQUADRON NOTES/HISTORY
W. Wessex XM843/271, XM845/274 814  
DH Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN683/210 893  
Gannet COD4 XA466    
Gannet AEW.3 XL494/261 “A” Flt/849  
        
 


05-12 June 1967

Victorious was returning to the UK from Aden when the Six-Day War erupted, causing the carrier to remain in the Mediterranean in case evacuation of civilians became a necessity.

As there was no fleet tanker to top up from, Victorious entered Grand Harbour, staying for the duration.


AIRCRAFT SERIAL SQUADRON NOTES/HISTORY
B. Buccaneer S2 XV155/233/V   Landed at Luqa on 25.05.67 trailing re-fuelling hose. See Buccaneer Diversion report in the 1960 Accidents page. D/D 26/5/66 to RN and passed to RAF charge as one of the aircraft to equip No 12 Sqn in 1969 remaining with the unit until 5/73. Transferred to No 237 OCU between 7/3 and 5/74 and then following update to S2B standard re-issued to No 12 Sqn in 6/75 with which it stayed until being placed in store at St Athan in 8/81. Declared surplus and the fuselage allocated maintenance serial 8716M for issue to BAe Brough on static tests on 29/10/81.
B. Buccaneer S2 XV162/232   Noted on 25.05.67. Delivered 21.09.66 to RN, and with No 12 Sqn at its formation but lost off Bridlington on 13/6/72.
B. Buccaneer S2 _____/234   Noted on 25.05.67.
DH Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ578/243   Noted on 25.05.67.
DH Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ580   Noted on 25.05.67.
DH Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ584/246   Noted on 25.05.67.
Fa. Gannet COD.4 XA466/3   Noted on 26.05.67.
W. Wessex __270/70 814 Noted on 25.05.67.

        
 
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