HMS Activity (1942) CVE (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Activity was an
escort aircraft carrier.
Originally the merchant vessel Telemachus, conversion launched 30-May-1942, and commissioned 29-Sep-1942 as Empire Activity, later renamed Activity. Was 475ft long, 66ft 6in wide and displacing 11,800 tons. Armed with 2 x 4in guns and carried 15 aircraft.
Went to Rosyth to have Admiralty items fitted and completed 14-Oct-1942.
Went to Western Approaches Command as a deck landing training carrier from Jan-1943 until Oct-1943. Then refitted at Liverpool Oct-43 to Jan-1944.
Served as convoy escort until Aug-1944 when she was designated a ferry carrier.
Completed two ferry trips to the Far East from the UK and was then allocated to the East Indies Fleet for aircraft ferry duties Jan-1945.
Was present at Singapore 12-Sep-1945 for the Japanese surrender there.
Returned to the UK to be de-stored Oct-1945 and put into reserve.
Sold 25-Apr-1946 for conversion back to a merchant ship and renamed Breconshire.
Broken up in Japan 24-Apr-1967.
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13 June, 2012.
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