Ship History

Royal Canadian Navy Aircraft Carrier
(Modified Majestic Class)

HMCS Bonaventure
Commissioned as Light Fleet Carrier on 17 January 1957. She wore pennant 22 until paid off on 3 July 1970. The last RCN carrier, she embodied all the latest advances - angled deck, steam catapult and mirror landing aid. While smaller and slower than its USN counterparts, the high level of experience and training of the personnel who manned her allowed her to be operationally effective, even in weather conditions during which other carriers had ceased flying. She was a victim of the cutbacks which were made in the period following integration of the Canadian Armed Forces. "Bonnie" flew Grumman Trackers, McDonnell Banshees, Sikorsky H04S-3's and Sikorsky Sea Kings.