Close-in defense was through 2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS installations fore and aft. The ship was laid down on 27th April that year as Yard No 752 and launched by Lady Henderson, wife of the Controller of the Navy on 5th April 1939. August 1940 ushered HMS Illustrious into the fleet, her first assignment in the Mediterranean providing cover, anti-shipping strikes and raid positions in North Africa. HMS Illustrious, the fourth Illustrious of the Royal Navy, was an aircraft carrier which saw service in World War II, the lead ship of the Illustriousclass which also included Victorious, Formidable, and Indomitable. Because of the design nature of aircraft carriers in general, onboard armament beyond the air wing was largely defensive. HMS Illustrious in 1944 In the mid-1930s the Royal Navy recognized the need to develop and built new Fleet Carriers. She was the 4th RN ship to carry the name, introduced in 1795 and last used for a 1896 battleship sold in 1920. HMS Illustrious was a light aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy and the second of three Invincible-class ships constructed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was detached with HMS Gloucester, HMS York, HMS Gallant, HMS Diamond, HMS Wryneck and HMAS Vendetta as escorts. See more ideas about hms illustrious, aircraft carrier, wwii aircraft. They were to proceed to position 32°10’N, 25°30’E from where HMS Illustrious was to operate her aircraft. HMS Illustrious (CV-7) British Aircraft Carrier of WW2. By Stephen Sherman, June, 2007.Updated March 1, 2012. An Illustrious Class Of Carriers. The first of the new armored carriers to be commissioned was HMS Illustrious, on April 5, 1939. May 16, 2019 - HMS Illustrious, WWII Aircraft Carrier. HMS Illustrious (1896) was a Majestic-class battleship, launched in 1896 and scrapped in 1920. HMS Illustrious (R87) was an Illustrious-class aircraft carrier commissioned in 1940. The Illustrious Class of four ships was ordered as part of the 1936 Naval Program. The 1936 Program provided for the construction of two carriers for the Royal Navy. Illustrious was third of the Invincible class of helicopter carriers. The class ship Illustrious early in her career. At 0500 hours, the Rear-Admiral Aircraft Carriers in HMS Illustrious parted company. ILLUSTRIOUS Class Fleet Aircraft Carrier ordered on 12th January 1937 from Vickers Armstrong at Barrow under the 1936 Programme. HMS Illustrious is the second of three Invincible-class light aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The four ships of the class HMS Illustrious, HMS Formidable, HMS Victorious and HMS Indomitable were some of the most… Two of her 12-inch guns were remounted in the Tyne Turrets. She was the fifth warship and second aircraft carrier to bear the name Illustrious, and was affectionately known to her crew as “Lusty”. Twenty-two reloads were carried. Illustrious' long range reach was through a twin launcher firing the "Sea Dart" surface-to-air missile system. Nevertheless, the Illustrious, Formidable and Victorious quickly had their aircraft load increased by relaxing stowage spacing standards and adopting outrigger parks - essentially pylons upon which the tail wheel of a fighter could be suspended out over the side of the ship to keep the bulk of the aircraft …