1958 - HMS VICTORIOUS Re-commissioned
14th January. HMS “Victorious” re-commissioned after a £20 million refit. She came in hand in the Dockyard on 10th October 1950 and was dry-docked in D Lock on 12th December 1950. It was not until 12th December 1955 that she took to the water again. She re-commissioned 14th January 1958 after the largest reconstruction of a warship in the British history.
In 1967 she returned to Portsmouth after visiting Australia when on 11th November a fire broke out in the CPO’s mess; caused by a faulty hot water urn. The fire did not seem to have seriously damaged the ship; unfortunately one rating lost his life in the blaze. On 23rd November the Captain was informed that the ship would not be re-commissioning. The next day the planned re-commissioning service was held as a wake for the ship and was attended by six former captains.
11th July 1969 Victorious leaves Portsmouth for the last time and is towed to Scotland Shipbreaking Industries yard at Faslane to be broken up.