Definitions for "HMS Victorious"
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HMS Victorious (R38) was the second Illustrious-class aircraft carrier ordered under the 1936 Naval Programme. She was laid down at the Vickers-Armstrong shipyard at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1937, and launched just two weeks into World War II in 1939. Yet she was not commissioned into the Royal Navy until 1941 due to an urgent and more pressing need for escort vessels for service in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Five ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Victorious.
The first HMS Victorious was launched at Blackwall, London in 1785. She was a third-rate ship of the line, with an armament of 74 guns. The Victorious participated in the capture of the Dutch colony of Cape Town, in which an invasion had been caused due to fears of France's expansion across the world.