HMS Ameer (1943) CVE  (1st)

This the only ship to carry the name HMS Ameer was a Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as USS Baffins, CVE 35, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend terms.

Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, laid down 18-Jul-1942, launched 18-Oct-1942, transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 20-Jul-1943.

Modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements followed at Vancouver, and she sailed 02-Jan-1944 from New York for the Clyde where she was converted to an assault carrier.

Sailed 06-May-1944 to join the Eastern Fleet and arrived at Trincomalee 27-Jun-1944.

Initially served as a ferry carrier and later trade protection duty in the Indian Ocean.

Combat Carrier operations in the Eastern Indian Ocean/Indonesian area began Jan-1945 and continued until the was with Japan ended.

Sailed to return to the UK 30-Oct-1945 and arrived at the Clyde 18-Nov-1945 to de-store and sailed for Norfolk, Virginia 22-Dec-1945.

Returned to the USN at Norfolk, Virginia 17-Jan-1946.

Sold 17-Sep-1946 for conversion to a merchant ship. Renamed Robin Kirk, 1948.

Broken up at Taiwan 1969.

Won the Battle Honours: Burma 1944-45 and East Indies 1945.


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This page last edited - 16 March, 2013.

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