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Sister ships: COLOSSUS, GLORY, VENERABLE, VENGEANCE, THESEUS, TRIUMPH, WARRIOR, PERSEUS (ex-EDGAR), PIONEER (ex-MARS)
Pennant Number: 68
Notes: The COLOSSUS class were much smaller than preceding fleet carriers, and lighter than then their half-sister, UNICORN. The flight deck had effective dimensions of 690' by 80'; a single catapult was fitted, and there were two lifts for transporting aircraft to and from the single hangar deck. The transverse watertight bulkheads were arranged so that the ship would survive two complete sections being flooded by a torpedo hit on the line of a bulkhead.
When commissioned, OCEAN was fitted as a night fighter carrier with a complement of 32 single-seat aircraft. During the Korean War (1950-53), OCEAN served with distinction in the Far East; the COLOSSUS class was regarded as "among the most successful utility carrier designs eve built" (CONWAY'S FIGHTING SHIPS: 1947-1982, PART 1, p. 134; see Bibliography). But their relatively small size made them unable to adapt to the ever-increasing size of jet aircraft, and they were soon deemed obsolescent. OCEAN was scrapped at Faslane in May, 1962.