Description Shape:
Standard, circular.
Blazon (Heraldic description)
On a white field: A serpent enbowed into a ring, green.
VINDEX: A defender or protector, from the Latin. The badge shows the ouroboros, an ancient symbol for infinity, creation out of destruction.

For explanations of heraldic terms see the Badges & Honours page.




"By day and by night: by sea and by Sky"



Pennant Numbers:


D15 (Atlantic)

R318 (Pacific)



Battle Honours:



ARCTIC 1944-45





Builder: Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson shipbuilders Wallsend-on-Tyne

Displacement: 117,210 tons

Length (Overall): 528ft 6in

Beam:  68ft

Flight deck: 495ft x 60ft mild steel plate

Propulsion: 2 Doxford diesels driving 2 shafts

Speed:  17 knots

A/C Capacity: 21

Hangar: 231ft x 61ft x 17ft 6in

A/C lifts: 1, aft, 45ft long x 34ft wide

Arrestor wires: 8 with 2 barriers

Catapult: None

Armament: 1 twin 4in QF Mk XVI HA, 4 quadruple 2 pounder "pom-pom", 8 twin 20mm Oerlikon

Crew Complement: 554


Commanding Officers:


Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss RN DSO
Sep 43 - Jun 44


Cdr. J. D. L. Williams RN DSC
Jun 44 - Mar 46





April 1944
Fulmar II



Sept-Dec 44
Swordfish II/

Wildcat V


Dec 43-Jan 45
Swordfish I/II


April-May 1945
Swordfish III

/Wildcat VI


June-Aug 1945
Firefly INF



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A History of HMS VINDEX





Built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson shipbuilders Wallsend-on-Tyne, Laid down ???, converted prior to completion, launched 04 May 1943, commissioned 26 November 1943. Capt, .Horace Temple Taylor Bayliss in command.


Operated as in a hunter-killer group and on Russia convoy runs.


 Sold into merchant service October 2nd 1947 being purchased by her original owners, the Port Line. Towed to Wallsend, she was converted into a fast cargo liner and renamed 'Port Vindex'.


A fuller account of this ships history will be added at some time in the future.



Content revised: 17 April 2017


Sources used in compiling this account:

Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

Poolman, K. (1983) 'Escort Carrier; HMS Vindex at war' London, Book Club Associates various documents including;

Admiralty War Diaries

Miscellaneous documents


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