Allied Warships

HMS Venerable (16)

Aircraft Carrier of the Colossus class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down3 Dec 1942 
Launched30 Dec 1943 
Commissioned17 Jan 1945 
End service 

HMS Venerable served with the British Pacific Fleet 1945-1946.

Sold to the Netherlands and renamed Karel Doorman in May 1948. Reconstructed during 1955-1958 with an angled deck. Decommissioned by the Dutch Navy in April 1968 due to a boiler room fire. Sold to Argentina as Veinticinco de Mayo on 15 October 1968 and refitted with replacement boilers from the incomplete HMS Leviathan. Commissioned into Argentinean Navy on 22 August 1969. Out of service since June 1986. Retained in reserve until 1997. Left Argentina under tow to be scrapped at Alang, India in January 1999.  

Commands listed for HMS Venerable (16)

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1Capt. William Alexander Dallmeyer, DSO, RN16 Oct 1944Mar 1946

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