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HMS Hermes

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HMS Hermes

The HMS Hermes is an iconic Royal Navy name synonymous with the history of the aircraft carrier. There have been two ships with that name. The first was built in 1924 by the Armstrong Whitworth shipyard on the River Tyne. This HMS Hermes is notable as the world's first purpose-built aircraft carrier. So indeed England invented the aircraft carrier! The second HMS Hermes was built in 1959 by Vickers Armstrong in Barrow-in-Furness and is the last of the postwar "Centaur" class Light Fleet Carriers of the Royal Navy. As it turned out she was the longest lived of the postwar carriers surviving longer even than the famous Ark Royal. This Hermes played an iconic role as the flagship of the South Atlantic Task Force during the Falklands War in 1982. Hermes also pioneered the use of the ski jump which enabled the operation of the famous Sea Harrier aircraft. This paved the way for the use of this feature on today's "Invincible" class carriers. But it was the Hermes that pioneered this. So I feel that the HMS Hermes warrants recognition as an Icon of England for its iconic, legendary and pioneering role in the story of the aircraft carrier.

Alex Naughton

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