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HMS Thane


HMS Thane

HMS Thane was a Ruler class escort carrier that had a short service career, escorting at least two convoys across the Atlantic before being torpedoed and badly damaged by U-482.

The Thane was laid down on 23 February 1943 as USS Sunset (CVE-48). She was launched on 15 July 1943 and completed on 19 May 1943.

1944

The Thane crossed the Atlantic with Convoy CU.42, leaving New York on 6 October 1944 and arriving in the UK on 17 October. She then have returned across the Atlantic, for on 28 December 1944 No.1851 Squadron embarked with its Corsair III after training in US Waters.

1945

The Thane returned to the UK with Convoy CU.53, leaving New York on 2 January and reaching the UK on 13 January. No.1851 Squadron disembarked at Belfast on 14 January, and the carrier continued on to the Clyde, where on 15 January she was torpedoed by U-482. Five men won awards in the immediate aftermath of the attack, when the Thane was saved, and another nine in efforts to remove ammunition from her.

The ship was towed to Faslane, but it was decided not to repair her. She was returned to the US Navy on 5 December 1945 and scrapped.

Squadrons

No.831 NAS

No.831 Squadron served on fleet carriers in the Far East with the Barracuda, but in the autumn of 1944 it was decided to withdraw that aircraft from the Far East. The aircraft were left behind, while the personnel returned to the UK via the US on Battler and Thane.

No.1851 NAS

No.1851 Squadron formed at Brunswick in September 1944, operating the Corsair III. After training on USS Charger the squadron embarked on the Thane on 28 December 1944 and accompanied Convoy CU.53 across the Atlantic. The squadron disembarked at Belfast on 14 January 1945.

Displacement (loaded)

11,400t standard
15,390t deep load

Top Speed

18kts

Range

27,500 miles at 11 knots

Length

495ft 3in-496ft 8in oa

Armaments

18-24 aircraft
Two 5in/38 US Mk 12 in two single mountings
Sixteen 40mm Bofors guns in eight double mountings
Twenty seven to thirty five 20mm cannon

Crew complement

646

Launched

15 July 1943

Completed

19 November 1943

Damaged beyond repair

15 January 1945


Thane

Thane ( [ˈʈʰaːɳeː] ) is a metropolitan city in Maharashtra, India.It is also called the city of lakes. It is situated in the north-eastern portion of the Salsette Island. Thane city is entirely within Thane taluka, one of the seven talukas of Thane district also, it is the headquarters of the namesake district. With a population of 1,841,488 distributed over a land area of about 147 square kilometres (57 sq mi), Thane city is the 15th most populated city in India with a population of 1,890,000 according to the 2011 census. [1]

Located on the north-western side of the state of Maharashtra, the city is an immediate neighbour of Mumbai city and a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region


Sa quille fut posée le 23 février 1943 comme numéro de coque 259 en vertu d'un contrat de la United States Maritime Commission, au chantier Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation à Tacoma, dans l'état de Washington. Il a été lancé le 15 juillet 1943 (désigné CVE-48) parrainé par Mme C.-E.-Taylor. Transféré dans la Royal Navy dans le cadre de la loi Lend-Lease, il est mis en service le 19 novembre 1943 sous le nom de HMS Thane (D48), appartenant désormais à la classe Ruler.

À sa mise en service, il sert tout d'abord comme bâtiment d'hébergement. Le 15 avril 1944 , il prend la mer pour Vancouver (Canada) y effectuer des modifications au standards de la Royal Navy. Le 8 juin , il part pour Norfolk par le canal de Panama. Le 30 juillet , alors aux chantiers navals de Norfolk, il subit des rectifications des défauts de construction. Il est ensuite affecté au Commandement des Western Approches comme transporteur. Durant toute l'année 1944, l'HMS Thane opère dans l'Atlantique Nord en protégeant les convois et les avions de transport utilisés pour le Théâtre européen. Il exerce cette fonction jusqu'au 15 janvier 1945 , date à laquelle il est sérieusement endommagé par une torpille tirée du U-boot allemand U-1172 près du Firth of Clyde. Il est remorqué vers Faslane. Il est tellement endommagé qu'il est mis en réserve, car il n'y a pas de chantiers navals ayant la capacité d'effectuer les réparations. Le 21 juillet 1945 , il est mis en réserve à Faslane où une petite équipe reste à bord pour en assurer l'entretien. En décembre 1945 , il est vendu à la société Metal Industries puis démoli [ 1 ] .


HMS Thane - History

Ok. my darling Dad (Bob Flegg, aged 92) keeps asking me if I have had any luck finding fellow shipmates that served with him on HMS Trouncer or HMS Thane on the North Atlantic convoys during the Second World War. I haven't. so let's see if Facebook can help? PLEASE SHARE. someone might know someone. fingers crossed x

My grandfather was serving in the Merchant Navy on the Russian convoys & lost his life when his ship was lost with all hands after being torpedoed. Please tell your dad that many thousands of people will be eternally grateful for his efforts and hardships while trying to protect the convoys. I have the greatest respect for those who went to sea in ships that were not designed for the North Atlantic, but went anyway. Give him a big hug from me!

Just had a look, and see that over 30,000 Merchant Navy lost their lives. That's a lot of ships too !

Yes, I hope this chap finds an old ship mate . Thanks.

Just a few lines about the shabby way the Merchant Navy has been treated, they were not allowed to march to the Cenotaph until 2000 yet they fought and died along side our RN lads, one of the best known David and Goliath battles happened in 1940 between HMS Jervis Bay an armed merchant cruiser and Admiral Scheer a German cruiser, it is well documented so I wont go into detail, suffice to say the Captain of Jervis Bay was posthumously awarded a VC, of the 255 crew 105 where MN yet never appeared on any Cenotaph along with the RN lads they died with and only later on the MN Cenotaph in Liverpool, in the same convoy SS Beaverford also engaged Scheer in similar uneven contest but with just as much bravery, her crew Canadian MN.

If I accidentally express an opinion then I humbly apologise, please give me a polite reminder that there are highly sensitive and nefarious people that don't like opinions, facts or history - but still visit forums!

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Just as a matter of interest DD, if they were required to serve on ships along with RN personnel they were given a designation of T-124
Naval Auxiliary Personnel, although they remained on MN rates of pay, if they left the ship for any reason this title was then removed, I don't know if this applied to DEMS gunners on ordinary merchant ships because they were a mixture of army, navy and mn personnel.

Thanks for that. The DEMS Gunners were always service personnel although they could be and were assisted by trained mn personnel who officially were called Merchant Seaman Gunners but in practice were commonly called DEMS Gunners.

I'll confess I don't know much about the Merchant Navy despite having worked next to many of them. I should do some reading.

If I accidentally express an opinion then I humbly apologise, please give me a polite reminder that there are highly sensitive and nefarious people that don't like opinions, facts or history - but still visit forums!

We don't do charity in Germany, We pay taxes. Charity is a failure of governments' responsibilities - Henning Wehn

HMS Jervis Bay was a convoy escort ship to Merchant Navy. (Didn't know about her, but now I do)
Understandable, as the MN where and still are supply ships. They brought food so we didn't starve, and all other things . Cargo carrying vessels like sitting ducks in many cases, not a fighting force.


Авіаносець «Тейн» був закладений 23 лютого 1943 року на верфі «Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation» під назвою «USS Sunset (CVE-48)». Спущений на воду 15 липня 1943 року. Переданий ВМС Великої Британії, вступив у стрій під назвою «Тейн» 19 листопада 1943 року.

Після вступу у стрій авіаносець «Тейн» здійснював перевезення літаків на бази у Середземному морі та Індійському океані.

15 січня 1945 року «Тейн» був торпедований німецьким підводним човном U-1172. Внаслідок вибуху загинуло 10 чоловік, був виведений з ладу гвинт. Корабель був відбуксирований в Грінок. Після торпедування корабель не ремонтувався, 20 березня 1945 року він був виведений в резерв.

5 грудня 1945 року «Тейн» був повернутий США, де був виключений зі списків флоту і незабаром проданий на злам.


HMS Thane (D48)

USS Sunset (CVE-48) (previously AVG-48 then ACV-48) was a  Bogue-class escort carrier. Assigned on 23 August 1942 to MC hull 259, a modified C3-S-A1 laid down on 23 February 1943 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding of Tacoma, Washington launched on 15 July and redesignated CVE-48 the same day sponsored by Mrs. C.E. Taylor. She was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease agreement on 19 November and commissioned the same day as HMS Thane (D48), a  Ruler-class escort carrier in the Royal Navy.

HMS Thane operated in the North Atlantic protecting convoys and ferrying aircraft for use in the European Theater. On 15 January 1945, while ferrying aircraft in the Irish Sea, she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-1172 and severely damaged, losing her starboard aft 5 inch gun and its sponson, disabling propulsion, and losing 10 men. Taken to Gare Loch in the Firth of Clyde, southwest Scotland, she was examined, declared a constructive total loss and decommissioned to reserve. She was returned to United States custody while in the United Kingdom on 12 May. Determined to be of no use to the United States Navy, she was slated for disposal in October and she was subsequently scrapped.


HISTORY OF THANE

  • Vedic period to 1300 A.D.: Comprising of Hindu or ancient period, Aparant, Shilahar, and Bimba Dynasty.
  • 1300-1660 A.D.: Mohamedan and Portuguese Rule.
  • 1660-1800 A.D.: Maratha and Portuguese Rule.
  • 1800-1947 A.D.: British Rule.
  • 1947-till date: Post Independence Thane.

‘Aparant’ is the ancient name of the geographical area hosting Thane city. During the Indian expedition of the Greek Emperor Alexander, a number of philosophers, historians, and geographists visited India. Among them, a Greek historian ‘Tolemi’ has mentioned the city of Thane in his writings. A famous sailor named Marcopolo had also visited Thane in 1290 A.D. and noted it to be one of the best cities in the world. A place called ‘Ghodbunder’ was famous for horse-trading thus deriving its name from the word ghoda i.e. horse and bunder meaning port. During this period a fabric called ‘Tansi’ was exported from Thane. During the period from 13 A.D. to 17 A.D., the Muslims, Portuguese, Marathas, & the British dynasties ruled Thane. From 810 A.D. to 1260 A.D. the Shilahar Dynasty ruled over Thane.

The Emperors of Shilahar dynasty were disciples of Lord Shiva and the Kopineshwar Temple has been built during their reign. During this period, due to the secular attitude and tolerance of Shilahars towards different religions, a large number of people from different communities like Parsis, Christians, Muslims and Jews settled down in Thane, thus sowing seeds of a cosmopolitan city.
At this time the Shilahars also divided the city into different sections and named them as ‘padas’. It is seen that these padas exist even today by names of Naupada, Patlipada, Agripada, etc.
In the earlier part of the 12th Century A.D. with a view to creating a new township, King Bimbadev, along with 66 segments of his community came over and settled in Thane. In 1480 A.D. ‘Sultan Mehmood’ of Gujarat made Thane the Capital of his ‘Subha’ Province.

St. John The Baptist Church, Thane

St. John the Baptist Church was constructed in Thane in 1663 A.D. The construction work of famous Thane Killa (Fort) was started in 1730 A.D. In 1737 A.D. Chimaji Appa the Maratha Sardar planned the ‘Conquest of Vasai’ and on 28th March 1738 the Marathas conquered the Thane Killa. The fort is presently being used as ‘Thane Central Jail’.

The Portuguese ruled Thane for over 200 years from 1530 to 1739 A.D. During this period Thane was known as “Kalabe De Tana”. In the year 1744 the British conquered Thane city along with its fort.

The famous Kopineshwar Temple was renovated in the year 1760. In 1778 the palatial residence of the Peshwas was converted into the Court building. In the year 1780 Keshavji Sorabji Rustomji Patel constructed the first Parsi Agyari in Thane. The First District Court was established in the year 1803 A.D. The Thane Borough Municipality was established on 10th March 1863.

First Railway Train Boribunder To Thane


The first-ever railway train was started on 16th April 1853 from Boribunder to Thane, giving Thane the honor of hosting an event of historical importance in the city. In the year 1880, the Thane Borough Municipality spent Rs. 12,960/- on the construction of the Pokharan Lake, to make use of the lake water for drinking purpose. This prestigious project was inaugurated by the then Governor of Mumbai, Sir Ferguson James. The first elections of the Municipality were conducted in the year 1885.

The first newspaper in Thane was launched in the year 1866. Different Marathi magazines like Arunodaya, Survodaya, Vakilancha Sathi, Nyaylahari, Manohar, Dyanapradip, Dyanadipika were seen to be in circulation thus showing the importance of the print media during that period.
The first census took place in the year 1881 and the population of Thane at the time was 14,456. The Jain temple of Thane was built in the year 1879.

Thane English School, Thane

The first-ever English medium school was started in 1821 and was named as ‘Thane English School’. In the year 1893, the first Marathi Library was established. In 1896 the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj was celebrated for the first time in Thane. In June 1897 Lokmanya Tilak visited Thane. On 19th April 1910 noted freedom fighters like Veer Anant Laxman Kanhere, Gopal Krishnaji Karve & Vinayak Narayan Deshpande were hanged till death in the Central Jail for killing the then Nasik District Collector Jackson. In 1938 noted freedom fighter Veer Savarkar was felicitated by the citizens of Thane after his release from the British confinement. In 1920 a road near Masunda lake was named after Dr. F.A. Moose for the commemorative service during the epidemic of plague.

A reputed citizen of Thane Shri Vithal Sayanna’s son Divan Bahadur Narayan Sayanna reconstructed the Civil Hospital building in 1935.

The first Independence Day of India -15th August 1947 was celebrated in Thane by bringing down the British Union Jack and hoisting the tri-colored flag of India at the hands of a noted freedom fighter Shri Nanasaheb Joshi at the District Collector’s Office.

With a view to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Thane, the Thane Municipal Council constructed Rangayatan, a drama theatre, named after the noted Marathi writer Shri Ram Ganesh Gadkari. The theatre has been hosting different plays and cultural programs since then.
The Thane Municipal Corporation was established on 1st October 1982. It had a population of 7,90,000 as per the 1990 Census. The population has reached to about 14,00,000 in the year 2003. The Thane Municipal Corporation has undertaken many developmental projects and schemes since 1982 for a balanced development of the city. One of the major projects is the Integrated Road Development Project. Taking in view the all-round infrastructural development which has recently taken place in Thane, the Govt. of India conferred the prestigious ‘Clean City Award’ to Thane in the year 2000.

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HMS Thane - History

Ok. my darling Dad (Bob Flegg, aged 92) keeps asking me if I have had any luck finding fellow shipmates that served with him on HMS Trouncer or HMS Thane on the North Atlantic convoys during the Second World War. I haven't. so let's see if Facebook can help? PLEASE SHARE. someone might know someone. fingers crossed x

My grandfather was serving in the Merchant Navy on the Russian convoys & lost his life when his ship was lost with all hands after being torpedoed. Please tell your dad that many thousands of people will be eternally grateful for his efforts and hardships while trying to protect the convoys. I have the greatest respect for those who went to sea in ships that were not designed for the North Atlantic, but went anyway. Give him a big hug from me!

Just had a look, and see that over 30,000 Merchant Navy lost their lives. That's a lot of ships too !

Yes, I hope this chap finds an old ship mate . Thanks.

Just a few lines about the shabby way the Merchant Navy has been treated, they were not allowed to march to the Cenotaph until 2000 yet they fought and died along side our RN lads, one of the best known David and Goliath battles happened in 1940 between HMS Jervis Bay an armed merchant cruiser and Admiral Scheer a German cruiser, it is well documented so I wont go into detail, suffice to say the Captain of Jervis Bay was posthumously awarded a VC, of the 255 crew 105 where MN yet never appeared on any Cenotaph along with the RN lads they died with and only later on the MN Cenotaph in Liverpool, in the same convoy SS Beaverford also engaged Scheer in similar uneven contest but with just as much bravery, her crew Canadian MN.

If I accidentally express an opinion then I humbly apologise, please give me a polite reminder that there are highly sensitive and nefarious people that don't like opinions, facts or history - but still visit forums!

We don't do charity in Germany, We pay taxes. Charity is a failure of governments' responsibilities - Henning Wehn

Just as a matter of interest DD, if they were required to serve on ships along with RN personnel they were given a designation of T-124
Naval Auxiliary Personnel, although they remained on MN rates of pay, if they left the ship for any reason this title was then removed, I don't know if this applied to DEMS gunners on ordinary merchant ships because they were a mixture of army, navy and mn personnel.

Thanks for that. The DEMS Gunners were always service personnel although they could be and were assisted by trained mn personnel who officially were called Merchant Seaman Gunners but in practice were commonly called DEMS Gunners.

I'll confess I don't know much about the Merchant Navy despite having worked next to many of them. I should do some reading.

If I accidentally express an opinion then I humbly apologise, please give me a polite reminder that there are highly sensitive and nefarious people that don't like opinions, facts or history - but still visit forums!

We don't do charity in Germany, We pay taxes. Charity is a failure of governments' responsibilities - Henning Wehn

HMS Jervis Bay was a convoy escort ship to Merchant Navy. (Didn't know about her, but now I do)
Understandable, as the MN where and still are supply ships. They brought food so we didn't starve, and all other things . Cargo carrying vessels like sitting ducks in many cases, not a fighting force.


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HMS Thane - History


Audacity escort aircraft carrier
Displacement: 11,000 tons full load
Dimensions: 467 x 56 x 27.5 feet/142.3 x 17 x 8.4 meters
Propulsion: Diesels, 1 shaft, 5,200 bhp, 15 knots
Crew: ?
Armor: none
Armament: 1 4/45, 1 6 pound, 4 2 pound AA, 4 20 mm
Aircraft: 6

Concept/Program: This ship was the first escort carrier. She was intended to provide basic air cover for convoys, defending against long-range bombers and U-boats. This was a very spartan conversion, but set the pattern for well over 100 merchant-hulled escort carriers. Briefly operated under her previous name, Empire Audacity .

Design/Conversion: Converted from a German freight-passenger liner captured early in the war. Stripped down to the main deck funnels diverted aft and a full-length flight deck was fitted. No hangar and no island. This was a very spartan conversion.

Operational: Operated mainly as an escort for Gibraltar convoys, carrying fighter aircraft.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Torpedoed and sunk late in 1941.

Audacity
ex Empire Audacity , ex Sinbad , ex merchant Hannover
D10
Photos: [ Audacity as converted].
Built by Bremer Vulcan. Launched 29 March 1939, completed 10 May 1939. Captured in the West Indies 7 March 1940 following attempted scuttling. Taken into RN as Sinbad , then renamed Empire Audacity and commissioned as an Ocean Boarding Vessel 11 Nov 1940. Converted by Blyth Shipbuilding 22 Jan 1941 to 6/1941 commissioned 20 June 1941. Renamed Audacity 30 July 1941.

Employed in Gibraltar convoys. Torpedoed and sunk by U-751 off Portugal 21 December 1941.

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Activity escort aircraft carrier
Displacement: 14,250 tons full load
Dimensions: 512 x 66.5 x 25 feet/156 x 20.3 x 7.6 meters
Propulsion: Diesels, 2 shafts, 12,000 bhp, 18 knots
Crew: 700
Armor: none
Armament: 2 4/45, 24 20 mm AA
Aircraft: 11

Concept/Program: Second RN-converted escort carrier, taken over prior to completion as a merchant ship and converted to an improved design.

Design/Conversion: Followed the general pattern of other escort carrier conversions: stripped to main deck flight deck and hangar added. The hangar was small, but much better than the arrangement in Audacity . There was a small island.

Modifications: Unknown.

Operational: Operated mostly on Russia convoys as an ASW and fighter ship frequently acted as an oiler for escort vessels.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Discarded immediately postwar.

Activity
ex Telemachus
D94 - (R301)
Photos: [ Activity as converted].
Built by Caledon. Laid down 1 Feb 1940, converted prior to completion, launched 30 May 1942, commissioned 29 September 1942.

Operated on Russia convoys, and as a training carrier in 1943. Assigned RN designation R301 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific, but probably not redesignated. Employed as a ferry carrier after 8/1944. Decommissioned to reserve 20 October 1945. Sold into merchant service 4/1946 as Breconshire . Scrapped at Mihara, Japan starting 24 April 1967.

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Pretoria Castle escort aircraft carrier
Displacement: 23,450 tons full load
Dimensions: 592 x 76 x 29 feet/180.5 x 23 x 8.8 meters
Propulsion: Diesels, 2 shafts, 16,000 bhp, 18 knots
Crew: ?
Armor: none
Armament: 2 dual 4/45, 28 20 mm AA
Aircraft: 21 (nominal)

Concept/Program: The largest RN escort carrier. Originally a passenger liner employed as an armed merchant cruiser (AMC) early in the war, then taken over for convertion to an escort carrier.

Design/Conversion: Typical escort carrier conversion, with large hangar. Nominal aircraft capacity was 21, but she did not embark a combat air group.

Modifications: unknown.

Operational: Employed exclusively as a training and trials carrier during WWII.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Discarded immediately postwar.

Pretoria Castle
ex-merchant Pretoria Castle
F61
Photos: [ Pretoria Castle as converted].
Built by Harland & Wolff. Launched 12 Oct 1938, completed 1939 as a passenger liner. Requisitioned as armed merchant cruiser 10/1939, commissioned 28 November 1939. Purchased by RN 16 July 1942 and converted to a carrier at Swan Hunter. Commissioned 29 July 1943, conversion completed 9 August 1943.

Used only as a trials and training carrier. Sold into merchant service 26 Jan 1946 but not decommissioned and delivered to new owners until 21 MArch 1946. Renamed Warwick Castle . Scrapped in Spain starting 9/1962.

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Nairana class escort aircraft carriers
Displacement: 16,830 tons full load ( Nairana : 17,210 tons)
Dimensions: 524 x 68 x 25 feet/159.7 x 20.7 x 7.6 meters
Propulsion: Diesels, 2 shafts, 10,700 bhp, 16 knots
Crew: 700-728
Armor: none
Armament: 2 4/45, 4 quad 2 pound AA, 16 20 mm AA
Aircraft: 18

Concept/Program: Two fast freighters converted to escort carriers. These ships and their half-sister were the last RN-built escort carriers.

Class: Campania was very similar.

Design/Conversion: Generally similar to Activity , but with a much larger hangar.

Variations: Vindex varied in displacement.

Modifications: unknown.

Operational: Both operated in the Atlantic and on Russian convoys later on.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Discarded immediately postwar.

Nairana
ex-merchant
D05
Photos: [ Nairana as converted], [As Dutch Karel Doorman ].
Built by John Brown. Laid down . converted prior to completion, launched 20 May 1943, commissioned 26 November 1943.

Operated as in a hunter-killer group and on Russia convoy runs. Loaned to the Netherlands as Karel Doorman (QH 1) and recommissioned 23 March 1946. Returned to RN 28 May 1948 and immediately sold into merchant service as Port Victor . Scrapped at Faslane starting 7/1971.

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Vindex
ex-merchant
D15 - (R319)
Photos: [ Vindex as converted].
Built by Swan Hunter. Laid down 1 July 1942, converted prior to completion, launched 4 May 1943, commissioned 15 November 1943.

Served as a convoy escort on Atlantic runs, and later as a night-fighter carrier on Russia runs. Assigned RN designation R319 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific, but probably not redesignated. Operated as a ferry carrier after 5/1945. Sold into merchant service 2 October 1947 as Port Vindex . Scrapped in Taiwan starting 23 August 1971.

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Campania escort aircraft carrier
Displacement: 15,970 tons full load
Dimensions: 540 x 70 x 23 feet/164.5 x 21.3 x 7 meters
Propulsion: Diesels, 2 shafts, 10,700 bhp, 16 knots
Crew: 700
Armor: none
Armament: 2 4/45, 4 quad 2 pound AA, 16 20 mm
Aircraft: 18

Concept/Program: A converted fast freighter, very similar to Nairana class. See notes for that class.

Modifications: Carried 2 dual, 2 single 40 mm as an aircraft transport, and carried 90 aircraft.

Operational: Most service in northern areas, as an escort on Russia convoy runs and as an ASW carrier in the arctic.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Postwar she was unique among RN escort carrier in that she was placed in reserve instead of being discarded. She was reactivated as an aircraft & military transport, then served as an exhibition ship, and again as a transport before being scrapped.

Campania
ex merchant
D48
Photos: [ Campania as converted].
Built by Harland & Wolff. Laid down 12 Aug 1941, converted prior to completion, launched 17 June 1943, commissioned 9 February 1944.

Served as an escort on Russia convoys and as an ASW carrier in the Arctic. Deployed to the Baltic after the German surrender operated as a transport postwar. Decommissioned to reserve 30 December 1945. Possible reactivation as a civilian-manned ferry carrier cancelled 1947. Served as an exhibition ship in 1951, with the hangar converted to an exhibition area. Briefly in reserve following the exhibition, then reactivated as transport and headquarters ship for atom bomb tests.

Decommissioned to reserve 12/1952. Sold 10/1955 and scrapped at Blyth starting 11 November 1955.

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Archer (USS Long Island class) escort aircraft carrier
Displacement: 12,860 tons full load
Dimensions: 465 x 69.5 x 25.75 feet/141.7 x 21.2 x 7.8 meters
Extreme Dimensions: 492 x 102 x 25.75 feet/150 x 31 x 7.8 meters
Propulsion: 4 7-cylinder Busch-Sulzer diesels, 1 shaft, 8,500 hp, 17.5 knots
Crew: 555
Armor: none
Armament: 13 4/50 DP, 15 20 mm AA
Aircraft: 16

Concept/Program: One of the first two US-built escort carriers one of six C3 merchant hulls acquired together in 1941. Originally ordered for USN but transferred to RN. She was the first of many similar US-built escort carriers transferred to RN.

Class: Archer was not officially given a US class name. USS Long Island was a near sister.

Design/Conversion: Conversion was very spartan, consisting of a lightweight wooden flight deck on a trusswork superstructure covering 70% of the ships' length a small enclosed hangar was fitted beneath the flight deck aft. A navigating bridge was located under the forward edge of the flight deck, which stopped well short of the forecastle. There was no island.

Modifications: Flight deck later extended, with small navigation positions built on either side of the flight deck.

Classification: Archer carried USN classification BAVG.

Operational: Due to constant and serious maintenance and reliability problems, she was laid up after a relatively short service in ASW and convoy escort roles. Near the end of the war she was returned to service under civilian control.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Deemed obsolete postwar and quickly sold into merchant service and re-converted.

Archer
ex merchant Mormacland
D78
USN BAVG 1
Photos: [ Archer in service]


Built by Sun Shipbuilding. Laid down . launched 14 Dec 1939, completed 4/1940 as merchant Mormacland . Acquired by USN 20 May 1941, converted at Newport News, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Archer (D78) 17 Nov 1941.

The 4 inch guns were replaced with British weapons in 1942 2 dual 40 mm added and 1 20 mm removed 2-3/1943. Used in ASW, escort and ferry service. This ship was a continual source of maintenance problems engines were very unreliable.

Started major engine repairs 8/1943 but defects were found to be extremely serious decommissioned 6 November 1943 and used as a stores hulk. Used as an accomodations hulk after 3/1944. Main reduction gears replaced at Belfast starting 8/1944 repairs completed 3/1945 and transferred to Ministry of War Transport as a ferry carrier (renamed Empire Lagan ) 15 March 1945

Returned to USN 9 Jan 1946, stricken for disposal 26 Feb 1946. Sold into merchant service 1946 as Archer . Renamed Anne Salem 1949, Tasmania 1955, Union Reliance 1961. Burned, blown up and grounded to prevent sinking at Houston, TX 7 Nov 1961 after collision with tanker Berean . Salvaged and scrapped at New Orleans starting 3/1962.

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HMS Avenger class escort aircraft carriers
Displacement: 15,120 tons full load
Dimensions: 465 x 69.5 x 25 feet/141.7 x 21.2 x 7.6 meters
Extreme Dimensions: 492 x 78 x 25 feet/150 x 23.7 x 7.6 meters
Propulsion: 6-cylinder Doxford diesels, 1 shaft, 8500 hp, 16.5 knots
Crew: 555
Armor: none
Armament: 3 4/50, 19 20 mm
Aircraft: 15

Concept/Program: Members of the first batch of escort carrier conversions. Converted from merchant C3 freighters, generally similar to Archer but converted prior to completion as freighters. Ordered for RN service, but Charger was retained by USN for joint USN/RN training purposes.

Class: Not officially assigned USN class names as BAVGs.

Design/Conversion: Generally similar to Archer but with a longer flight deck, larger hangar, and an island. These were still fairly minimal conversions.

Modifications: The US-style 4 inch guns were replaced by British weapons in 1942.

Classification: Carried USN designations in the BAVG series.

Operational: Employed mostly as convoy escorts two were lost after relatively short service lives.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Survivor deemed obsolete and returned to USN for disposal immediately postwar.


Built by Sun Shipbuilding. Laid down 28 November 1939, launched 27 Nov 1940. Acquired by USN 20 May 1941. Converted at Bethlehem Staten Island, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Avenger (D14) 2 March 1942.

Served as convoy escort and participated in Operation Torch. Torpedoed and sunk by U-155 off Gibraltar 15 November 1942 uncontrollable fires and explosions resulted from single torpedo hit.


Built by Sun Shipbuilding. Laid down 28 December 1939, launched 18 Dec 1940. Acquired by USN 20 May 1941. Converted at Atlantic Basin Iron Works, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Biter (D97) 1 May 1942.

Employed in convoy escort duties. Damaged by a torpedo from her own aircraft 16 November 1943 after the aircraft ditched alongside. Damaged by fire in port 24 August 1944 no repair facilities were available and the ship was laid up in reserve.

Returned to USN 9 April 1945 and immediately transferred to France as Dixmude . After limited service as a carrier she was used as a transport starting 1949 and was disarmed during 1951-1953. Stricken from USN Naval Vessels Register 24 Jan 1951. Hulked as an accommodation/base ship 1956. At the end of her active service she was listed at 8,500 tons displacement and 16 knots maximum speed. Returned to USN for disposal 10 June 1966. Subsequently sunk as a target.

DANFS History

Built by Sun Shipbuilding. Laid down 19 Jan 1940, launched 1 March 1941, Acquired by USN 20 May 1941. Converted at Newport News. Transferred to RN as HMS Charger (D27) 2 October 1941, but immediately returned to USN 4 Oct 1941 to serve as a training ship. Reclassified from BAVG 4 to AVG 30 24 Jan 1942 she was the only BAVG reclassified into the US AVG designation series. Commissioned in USN service 3 March 1942.

Used as training ship and aircraft ferry during WWII. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943.

Decommissioned 28 March 1946 and probably stricken for disposal same date, transferred to Maritime Commission for disposal 30 January 1947. Sold into merchant service as Fairsea in 1949. Scrapped at La Spezia in 1969.

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Dasher
ex merchant Rio de Janeiro
D37
USN BAVG 5
Photos: [ Dasher as converted]


Built by Sun Shipbuilding. Laid down 14 March 1940, launched 12 April 1941. Acquired by USN 20 May 1941. Converted at Tietjen & Lang, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Dasher (D37) 2 July 1942.

Participated in Operation Torch and saw limited service as convoy escort. Sunk by explosion during aircraft refueling in the Firth Of Clyde 27 March 1943.

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Attacker class escort aircraft carriers
Displacement: 14,630 tons full load
Dimensions: 465 x 69.5 x 23.25 feet/141.7 x 21.2 x 7 meters
Extreme Dimensions: 495.5 x 111.5 x 23.25 feet/151 x 34 x 7 meters
Propulsion: Steam turbines, 2 285 psi boilers, 1 shaft, 8,500 hp, 18-18.5 knots
Crew: 646 in RN service
Armor: none
Armament: 2 4/50 DP, 14 single 20 mm in RN service
Aircraft: 20

Concept/Program: This design was the final development of the converted C3 type. Converted from incomplete C3 hulls, so a greater degree of conversion was possible compared to the earlier C3 conversions.

Class: USN Bogue class RN Attacker class. HMS Tracker was built for transfer and was not considered by USN to be a Bogue class ship, but was classed with the Bogue s by RN. The second batch of USN Bogues s were classed as HMS Ameer class and are listed separately.

Design/Conversion: Developed from, and generally similar to, Avenger class. Compared to earlier ships they had a longer and stronger flight deck, a much larger hangar, a second aircraft elevator, heavier armament, and steam turbine engines. The hangar deck floor was the original main deck in these ships, leading to difficulties in aircraft handling due to the sheer of this deck.

Modifications: Initially fitted with US 5/38 guns but were refitted with US 4/50 guns when modified for RN service the US 4/50 weapons were in turn replaced by British 4/50 weapons when the ships reached the UK. Many of ships were completed with empty sponsons for 4 dual 40 mm AA guns, which were eventually installed in almost all ships. The single 20 mm guns were later replaced by dual 20 mm mounts in some ships.

Classification: Carried USN designations AVG, ACV, CVE in sequence, except HMS Tracker was classed BAVG only. RN initially gave these ships numbers in the Dxx series. Many ships were allocated Rxxx series numbers when they were scheduled for transfer to the British Pacific Fleet in 1945 these numbers apparently were not applied to ships which never reached the Pacific, and some ships received Axxx numbers instead. The Axxx numbers have not been fully documented in existing references. All Rxxx and Axxx ships returned to their original Dxx numbers before being returned to USN.

Operational: Served in three major roles: "trade protection carrier" (ASW-equipped ships), "assualt carrier" (strike/CAP for invasion support), and transport. Some ships served exclusively in one role while others worked in several different roles as operational requirements changed.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Following WWII these ships rapidly left service, were returned to USN, and were sold for scrap or merchant service.

Attacker
ex USS Barnes , ex merchant Steel Artisan
D02
USN AVG 7 - ACV 7 - CVE 7
Photos: [ Attacker as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Western Pipe & Steel. Laid down 17 April 1941, launched 27 Sept 1942, acquired by USN and transferred to RN and commissioned as HMS Attacker (D02) 30 Sept 1942 USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning.

Served mostly in the Mediterranean supporting invasions before shifting to the Pacific. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943.

Returned to USN 5 Jan 1946, stricken for disposal 26 Feb 1946. Sold into merchant service 28 Oct 1946 as Castel Forte . Renamed Fairsky 1970's. Hit submerged wreck 23 June 1977 and beached to prevent sinking, refloated 29 June 1977. Started conversion to floating hotel Philippine Tourist in 1978. Destroyed by fire 3 November 1979 and scrapped at Hong Kong starting 24 May 1980.

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Battler
ex USS Altamaha , ex merchant Mormactern
D18
USN AVG 6 - ACV 6 - CVE 6
Photos: [ Battler as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Ingalls. Laid down 15 April 1941, named 7 Jan 1942 but name was cancelled 17 March 1942, launched 4 April 1942, acquired by USN, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Battler (D18) 31 Oct 1942

Outfitted as ASW carrier. Served as escort for Gibraltar convoys and participated in the invasion of Italy, then served in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943.

Returned to USN 12 Feb 1946, stricken for disposal 28 March 1946. Sold 14 May 1946 and subsequently scrapped.

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Stalker
ex USS Hamlin , ex merchant
D91
USN AVG 15 - ACV 15 - CVE 15
Photos: [At launch], [ Stalker as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Western Pipe & Steel. Laid down 6 Oct 1941, launched 5 March 1942, acquired by USN, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Stalker (D15) 21 Dec 1942.

USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning.

Supported invasions and served as a convoy escort carrier in the Mediterranean, then transferred to the Pacific. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943.

Returned to USN 29 Dec 1945, stricken for disposal 20 March 1946. Sold into merchant service as Riouw . Renamed Lobito in 1968. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 9/1975.

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Hunter
ex USS Block Island , ex merchant Mormacpenn
D80
USN AVG 8 - ACV 8 - CVE 8
Photos: [ Hunter as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Ingalls. Laid down 15 May 1941, launched 22 May 1942, acquired by USN, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Hunter (D80) 9 Jan 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning.

Supported invasions and served as a convoy escort, then transferred to the Pacific. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943.

Returned to USN 29 Dec 1945, stricken for disposal 26 Feb 1946. Sold into merchant service 17 Jan 1947 as Almdijk . Sold for scrapping 10/1965 and scrapped in Spain.

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Tracker
ex merchant
D24 - (R317)
USN BAVG 6
Photos: [ Tracker as completed]


Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 3 Nov 1941, launched 7 March 1942, completed at Willamette, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Tracker (D24) 31 Jan 1943.

Outfitted as an ASW carrier employed as an escort for Atlantic and Russian convoys. Loaned to USN as a ferry carrier 10 November 1944 operated in the Pacific. Assigned RN designation R317 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific, but probably not redesignated.

Returned to USN 29 Nov 1945, stricken for disposal 2 Nov 1946. Sold into merchant service as Corrientes . Scrapped at Antwerp starting 24 September 1964.

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Fencer
ex USS Croatan , ex merchant
D64 - R308 - D64
USN AVG 14 - ACV 14 - CVE 14
Photos: [ Fencer as competed]

DANFS History

Built by Western Pipe & Steel. Laid down 5 Sept 1941, launched 4 April 1942, acquired by USN and commissioned in USN service 20 February 1943. Decommissioned and transferred to RN as HMS Fencer (D64) 27 Feb 1943, commissioned in RN service 1 March 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942, prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as an ASW carrier. Served on Atlantic, Russian and African convoys and participated in a strike on Tirpitz before transferring to the Pacific. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943. RN designation changed to R308 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 11 Dec 1946, stricken for disposal 28 Jan 1947. Sold into merchant service as Sydney . Renamed Roma 1967, Galaxy Queen 1970, Lady Dina 1972, Caribia 1973. Scrapped at Spezia starting 1 September 1975.

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Searcher
ex merchant
D40
USN AVG 22 - ACV 22 - CVE 22
Photos: [ Searcher as completed]


Built by Seattle-Tacoma, completed by Commercial Iron Works. Laid down 20 Feb 1942, launched 20 June 1942, acquired by USN 27 July 1942, transferred and commissioned in RN service as HMS Searcher (D40) 7 April 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning. No USN name was assigned.

Operated mainly around the UK, but participated in a raid on Tirpitz , supported the invasion of southern France, and served as an ASW vessel at Normandy. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943.

Returned to USN 29 Nov 1945, stricken for disposal 7 Feb 1946. Sold into merchant service as Captain Theo . Renamed Oriental Banker in 1965. Scrapped at Taiwan starting 21 April 1976.

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Chaser
ex USS Breton , ex merchant Mormacgulf
D32 - R306 - D32
USN AVG 10 - ACV 10 - CVE 10
Photos: [ Chaser as completed] [ Chaser designated R306]

DANFS History

Built by Ingalls. Laid down 28 June 1941, launched 15 Feb 1942, acquired by USN, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Chaser (D32) 9 April 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as ASW carrier. Served mostly as a convoy escort carrier, but transferred to the Pacific as a fighter carrier and transport late in the war. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943. RN designation changed to R306 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 12 May 1946, stricken for disposal 3 July 1946. Sold into merchant service 20 Dec 1946 as Aagtekerk . Renamed E Yung 1967. Burned and run ashore at Kaohsiung, Taiwan 20 Dec 1972 (or sank 4 December 1973 records are unclear) hulk scrapped in Taiwan in 1973.

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Ravager
ex merchant
D70
USN AVG 24 - ACV 24 - CVE 24
Photos: [ Ravager as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma, completed by Commercial Iron Works. Laid down 11 April 1942, acquired by USN 1 May 1942, launched 16 July 1942, transferred and commissioned in RN service as HMS Ravager (D70) 25 April 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning. No USN name was assigned.

Served mainly as a training carrier. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943.

Returned to USN 26 Feb 1946, stricken for disposal 12 April 1946. Sold into merchant service as Robin Trent . Later renamed Trent . Scrapped in Taiwan in 1973.

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Striker
ex USS Prince William , ex merchant
D12 - R315 - D12
USN AVG 19 - ACV 19 - CVE 19
Photos: [ Striker as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Western Pipe & Steel. Laid down 15 Dec 1941, launched 7 May 1942, acquired by USN and transferred to RN as HMS Striker (D12) 28 April 1943, commissioned in RN service 29 April 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as an ASW carrier. Served as an Atlantic convoy escort before transferring to the Pacific as a transport and fighter support carrier. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943. RN designation changed to R315 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 12 Feb 1946, stricken for disposal 28 March 1946. Sold 5 June 1946 and subsequently scrapped.

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Pursuer
ex USS St. George , ex merchant Mormacland
D73 - (R309)
USN AVG 17 - ACV 17 - CVE 17
Photos: [ Pursuer as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Ingalls. Laid down 31 July 1941, acquired by USN 1 May 1942, launched 18 July 1942, transferred to RN as HMS Pursuer (D73) 11 June 1943, commissioned in RN service 14 June 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as an ASW carrier. Employed mostly for ASW work around the UK, but participated in a raid on Tirpitz , supported the invasion of southern France, and served as an ASW vessel at Normandy. Designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943. Assigned RN designation R309 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific, but probably not redesignated.

Returned to USN 12 Feb 1946, stricken for disposal 28 March 1946. Sold 14 May 1946 and subsequently scrapped.

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Ameer class escort aircraft carriers
Displacement: 15,646 tons full load
Dimensions: 465 x 69.5 x 23.25 feet/141.7 x 21.2 x 7 meters
Extreme Dimensions: 495.5 x 111.5 x 23.25 feet/151 x 34 x 7 meters
Propulsion: Steam turbines, 2 285 psi boilers, 1 shaft, 8,500 hp, 18-18.5 knots
Crew: 646
Armor: none
Armament: 2 single 5/38 DP, 4 dual 40 mm AA, 10 dual 20 mm AA
Aircraft: 20

Concept/Program: A second group of Bogue class ships was ordered in response to continued need for escort carriers. These ships were built from the keel up as carriers, rather than being converted merchant hulls, but were in almost all respects identical to the first batch of Bogues . Initially plans called for several ships to be retained by USN, but in the event all but one of these ships transferred to RN. Several ships went to RN after very brief USN commissions.

Class: Although USN classed these ships with the first group of Bogue s, RN put them in a separate class, the HMS Ameer class.

Design: Slightly improved version of original Bogue design. This class included changes which had been gradually applied to the previous group, including the 4 dual 40 mm AA and replacement of single 20 mm guns with dual mounts. In this group the RN ships retained their US 5/38 mounts rather than exchanging them for 4/50 guns.

Modifications: Some ships deployed to the Pacific had 20 mm mounts replaced by single 40 mm mounts.

Other Notes: See Attacker class entry.

Ameer
ex USS Baffins
D01 - R302 - D01
USN AVG 35 - ACV 35 - CVE 35
Photos: [ Ameer as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 18 July 1942, launched 18 Oct 1942, commissioned in USN service 28 June 1943. Decomissioned and transferred to RN as HMS Ameer (D01) 19 July 1943, commissioned in RN service 20 July 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier. Served in the Pacific late in the war, in strike, CAP and ASW roles. RN designation changed to R302 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 17 Jan 1946, stricken for disposal 20 March 1946. Sold into merchant service 17 Sept 1946 as Robin Kirk . Scrapped in Taiwan in 1969.

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Atheling
ex USS Glacier
D51 - R304 - D51
USN AVG 33 - ACV 33 - CVE 33
Photos: [ Atheling as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Bremerton Navy Yard. Laid down 9 June 1942, launched 7 Sept 1942, commissioned in USN service 3 July 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both before commissioning. Decommissioned and transferred to RN as Atheling (D51) 31 July 1943. Commissioned in RN service 28 October 1943.

Outfitted as an ASW carrier. Served in the Indian Ocean and Far East starting 1944. Loaned to USN for service as a ferry carrier 8 December 1944 operated in the Pacific. RN designation changed to R304 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar. Returned to RN operations 9/1945.

Returned to US 13 Dec 1946, stricken for disposal 7 Feb 1947. Sold into merchant service as Roma . Scrapped in Italy starting 2 November 1967.

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Begum
ex USS Bolinas
D38 - R305 - D38
USN AVG 36 - ACV 36 - CVE 36
Photos: [ Begum as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 3 Aug 1942, launched 11 Nov 1942, commissioned in US service 22 July 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning. Decommissioned, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Begum (D38) 12 August 1943.

Outfitted as ASW carrier. Served in Pacific and Middle East starting 1944. RN designation changed to R305 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 4 Jan 1946, stricken for disposal 19 June 1946. Sold into merchant service 16 April 1947 as Raki . Renamed I Yung 1966. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 3/1974.

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Trumpeter
ex USS Bastian
D09 - R318 - D09
USN AVG 37 - ACV 37 - CVE 37
Photos: [ Trumpeter as completed]


Built by Seattle-Tacoma, completed by Commercial Iron Works. Laid down 25 Aug 1942, launched 15 Dec 1942, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Trumpeter (D37) 4 Aug 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to completion. Initially assigned name HMS Lucifer .

Outfitted as an ASW carrier. Served as a convoy escort, then transferred to the Pacific late in the war. RN designation changed to R318 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 6 April 1946, stricken for disposal 19 June 1946. Sold into merchant service as Alblasserdijk . Later renamed Irene Valmas . Scrapped in Spain starting 1/1971.

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Emperor
ex USS Pybus
D98 - R307 - D98
USN AVG 34 - ACV 34 - CVE 34
Photos: [ Emperor as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 23 June 1942, launched 7 Oct 1942, commissioned in USN service 31 May 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to commissioning. USN designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943. Decommissioned, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Emperor (D98) 6 August 1943.

Outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier. Provided fighter cover for a strike on Tirpitz , served as an ASW patrol ship at Normandy and supported invasion of southern France before transferring to the Pacific. RN designation changed to R307 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 12 Feb 1946, stricken for disposal 28 March 1946. Subsequently sold and scrapped.

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Slinger
ex USS Chatham
D26 - R313 - D26
USN AVG 32 - ACV 32 - CVE 32
Photos: [ Slinger as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma, completed by Willamette. Laid down 25 May 1942, launched 19 Sept 1942, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Slinger (D26) 11 Aug 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a transport carrier. Mined 5 Feb 1944, repairs completed 17 October 1944. After transport service she transferred to the Pacific as a fighter carrier. RN designation changed to R313 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 27 Feb 1946, stricken for disposal 12 April 1946. Sold into merchant service as Robin Mowbray . Scrapped in Taiwan starting 1/1970.

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Empress
ex USS Carnegie
D42
USN AVG 38 - ACV 38 - CVE 38
Photos: [ Empress as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 9 Sept 1942, launched 30 Dec 1942, transferred to RN 8 June 1943 and commissioned in RN service as HMS Empress (D42) 12 August 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 prior to completion. Designation changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943.

Outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier. Served in the Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Returned to USN 4 Feb 1946, stricken for disposal 28 March 1946. Sold 21 June 1946 and subsequently scrapped.

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Khedive
ex USS Cordova
D62
USN AVG 39 - ACV 39 - CVE 39
Photos: [ Khedive as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 30 Dec 1942, launched 30 Jan 1943, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Khedive (D62) 25 August 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier. Manned by the Canadian Navy. Served off southern France, then in the eastern Mediterranean, then in the Pacific.

Returned to USN 26 Jan 1946, stricken for disposal 19 July 1946. Sold into merchant service as Rempang 23 January 1947. Renamed Daphne in 1968. Scrapped in Spain starting 20 January 1975.

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Nabob
ex USS Edisto
D77
USN AVG 41 - ACV 41 - CVE 41
Photos: [ Nabob in danger of sinking 22 Aug 1944]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 20 Oct 1942, launched 22 March 1943, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Nabob (D77) 7 September 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to completion.

Outfitted as an ASW carrier. Manned by the Canadian Navy. Torpedoed by U-354 22 Aug 1944 in the Barents Sea with severe damage arrived Scapa Flow 27 August 1944 for emergency repairs. Judged not worth repairing, towed to Rosyth, beached and abandoned, decommissioned 30 September 1944 but retained in nominal reserve. Was stripped to support sisterships.

Returned to USN at Rosyth and stricken for disposal 16 March 1946. Sold for scrapping in Holland 3/1947. Resold and converted to merchant Nabob in 1952. Renamed Glory 1968. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 6 December 1977.

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Shah
ex USS Jamaica
D21 - R312 - D21
USN AVG 43 - ACV 43 - CVE 43
Photos: [ Shah as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 13 Nov 1942, launched 21 April 1943, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Shah (D21) 27 September 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as an ASW carrier. Served in the Pacific and Indian Oceans starting 1944. RN designation changed to R312 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 6 Dec 1945, stricken for disposal 7 Feb 1946. Sold into merchant service as Salta 20 June 1947. Scrapped at Buenos Aires starting 6/1966.

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Patroller
ex USS Keneenaw
D07
USN AVG 44 - ACV 44 - CVE 44
Photos: [ Patroller as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 27 Nov 1942, launched 6 May 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Patroller (D07) 22 October 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a transport carrier, served in both Altantic and Pacific. Loaned to US Army as a transport carrier 15 March 1944 returned to RN control 2 May 1944. Loaned to US Navy as a transport carrier 28 January 1945 returned to RN control 5/1945. Served as a troopship postwar.

Returned to USN 13 Dec 1946, stricken for disposal 7 Feb 1947. Sold into merchant service as Almkerk . Renamed Pacific Reliance in 1969. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 2/1974.

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Premier
ex USS Estero
D23
USN AVG 42 - ACV 42 - CVE 42
Photos: [ Premier as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 31 Oct 1942, launched 22 March 1943, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Premier (D23) 3 November 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as an ASW carrier. Served as an escort in European waters and as a ferry carrier.

Returned to USN 2 April 1946, stricken for disposal 21 May 1946. Sold into merchant service as Rhodesia Star 1947. Renamed Hong Kong Knight in 1967. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 2/1974.

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Ranee
ex USS Niantic
D03 - R323 - D09
USN AVG 46 - ACV 46 - CVE 46
Photos: [ Ranee as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 5 Jan 1943, launched 2 June 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Ranee (D03) 8 November 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier, but also used as a transport carrier and a training carrier. Loaned to USN as a transport carrier 4 February 1944 returned to RN shortly thereafter. Also loaned to USN for transport duties 21 January 1945 to 5/1945. RN designation changed to R323 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 21 Nov 1946, stricken for disposal 22 Jan 1947. Sold into merchant service as Friesland 1948. Renamed Pacific Breeze in 1967. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 5/1974.

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Thane
ex USS Sunset
D83 - (R316)
USN AVG 48 - ACV 48 - CVE 48
Photos: [ Thane as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 22 Feb 1943, launched 15 July 1943 Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Thane (D83) 19 November 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier, but also used as a ferry carrier. Torpedoed by U-1172 in the Firth of Clyde 15 January 1945. Judged not to be worth repairing and decommissioned to reserve at Faslane. Assigned RN designation R316 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific, but not redesignated.

Returned to USN at Faslane 15 Dec 1945 and probably stricken for disposal same date. Subsequently sold and scrapped at Faslane in 1946.

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Speaker
ex USS Delgada
D90 - R314 -D90
USN AVG 40 - ACV 40 - CVE 40
Photos: [ Speaker as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma, completed by Commercial Iron Works. Laid down 9 Oct 1942, launched 20 Feb 1943, transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Speaker (D90) 20 November 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Served as a transport carrier, with brief periods as a training carrier served in the Pacific late in the war. RN designation changed to R314 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 17 July 1946, stricken for disposal 25 Sept 1946. Sold into merchant service as Lancero 1948. Renamed President Osmena in 1965, then renamed Lucky Three in 1971 for delivery voyage to shipbreakers. Scrapped in Taiwan in 1972.

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Queen
ex USS St. Andrews
D19 - (R320)
USN AVG 49 - ACV 49 - CVE 49
Photos: [ Queen as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 12 March 1943, launched 2 Aug 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Queen (D19) 7 Dec 1943. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier. Served as an escort for Russia convoys late in the war took part in strike on German shipping in Norway 5/1945. Also operated as a transport carrier. Assigned RN designation R320 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific, but probably not redesignated. Employed as a troopship postwar.

Returned to USN 31 Oct 1946, stricken for disposal 22 Jan 1947. Sold into merchant service as Roebiah 29 July 1947. Renamed President Marcos in 1967, then renamed Lucky One in 1972 for delivery voyage to shipbreakers. Scrapped in Taiwan in 1972.

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Ruler
ex USS St. Joseph
D72 - (R311) - A731 - D72
USN AVG 50 - ACV 50 - CVE 50
Photos: [ Ruler as completed] [ Ruler designated A731]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 25 March 1943, launched 21 Aug 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Ruler (D72) 22 December 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Served mainly as a transport carrier also operated as a fighter carrier in the Pacific late in the war. Assigned RN designation R311 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific, but carried A731 instead.

Returned to USN 29 Jan 1946, stricken for disposal 20 March 1946. Sold 31 May 1946 and subsequently scrapped.

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Arbiter
ex USS St. Simon
D31 - R303 - D31
USN AVG 51 - ACV 51 - CVE 51
Photos: [ Arbiter as completed] [ Arbiter designated R303]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 26 April 1943, launched 9 Sept 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Arbiter (D31) 31 December 1943. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a transport carrier. Served as a transport and CAP carrier in the Pacific late in the war. RN designation changed to R 303 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 3 March 1946, stricken for disposal 12 April 1946. Sold into merchant service as Coracero 30 January 1947. Renamed President Macapagal in 1965, then renamed Lucky Two in 1972 for delivery voyage to shipbreakers. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 5/1972.

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Rajah
ex USS Prince , ex USS McClure
D10 - R310 - D10
USN AVG 45 - ACV 45 - CVE 45
Photos: [ Rajah as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma, completed by Wiliamette. Laid down 17 Dec 1942, launched 18 May 1943, renamed 13 Dec 1943. Transferred to RN 17 October 1943, commissioned in RN service as HMS Rajah (D10) 17 January 1944. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a transport carrier also served as a training carrier. Served in the far east for most of the war. Loaned to USN as a transport carrier from 20 Dec 1944 to 7/1945. RN designation changed to R310 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 13 Dec 1946, stricken for disposal 7 Feb 1947. Sold into merchant service as Drente 7 July 1947. Renamed Lambros in 1966, renamed Ulysses in 1969. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 6/1975.

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Smiter
ex USS Vermillion
D55 - (R321)
USN AVG 52 - ACV 52 - CVE 52
Photos: [ Smiter as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 10 May 1943, launched 27 Sept 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Smiter (D55) 20 January 1944. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a strike/CAP carrier. Served mostly as an ASW escort. Assigned RN designation R321 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific, but probably not redesignated.

Returned to USN 6 April 1946, stricken for disposal 21 May 1946. Sold into merchant service as Artillero 6 April 1946. Renamed President Garcia in 1965. Wrecked off Guernsey 7/1967 and was a total loss hulk scrapped at Hamburg starting 11/1967.

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Trouncer
ex USS Perdido
D85
USN AVG 47 - ACV 47 - CVE 47
Photos: [ Trouncer as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Commercial Iron Works. Laid down 1 Jan 1943, launched 17 June 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Trouncer (D85) 31 January 1944. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a transport carrier. Served in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Returned to USN 3 March 1946, stricken for disposal 12 April 1946. Sold into merchant service as Greystoke Castle . Renamed Gallic in 1954, renamed Berinnes in 1959. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 11/1973.

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Puncher
ex USS Willapa
D79
USN AVG 53 - ACV 53 - CVE 53
Photos: [ Puncher as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 21 May 1943, launched 8 Nov 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Puncher (D79) 5 February 1944. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Initially outfitted as a transport carrier by Burrards at Vancouver, Canada, but refitted as a strike/CAP carrier in the UK. Canadian manned. Served mostly as an Atlantic ASW carrier and as a training carrier. Main reduction gears destroyed 27 November 1944 replaced by gearing from Nabob .

Used as a troopship immediately postwar. Returned to USN 16 Jan 1946, stricken for disposal 12 March 1946. Sold into merchant service as Muncaster Castle . Renamed Bardic 1954, Ben Nevis 1959. Scrapped in Taiwan starting 6/1973

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Reaper
ex USS Winjah
D82 - R324 - D82
USN AVG 54 - ACV 54 - CVE 54
Photos: [ Reaper as completed]

DANFS History

Built by Seattle-Tacoma. Laid down 5 June 1943, launched 22 Nov 1943, Transferred to RN and commissioned in RN service as HMS Reaper (D82) 18 February 1944. USN designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942 changed from ACV to CVE 15 July 1943, both prior to commissioning.

Outfitted as a transport carrier. Loaned to USN as a transport carrier from 5 January 1945 to 5/1945. RN designation changed to R324 circa 1945 for service in the Pacific returned to previous designation postwar.

Returned to USN 20 May 1946, stricken for disposal 2 July 1946. Sold into merchant service as South Africa Star . Scrapped at Nikara, Japan starting 5/1967.


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