HMS Arbiter (1943) CVE (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Arbiter was a Ruler
Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as USS
St. Simon, CVE 51, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, laid down 26-Apr-1943, launched 09-Sep-1943 completed by Commercial Ironworks 31-Dec-1943 and commissioned into the Royal navy.
Modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements followed at Vancouver, and she was allocated to Western Approaches Command as a ferry carrier 02-Jun 1944.
After refit at Belfast from Sep-1944-Jan-1945 was allocated to the British Pacific Fleet as a ferry carrier, and sailed 01-Mar-1945.
Ferry work in the Pacific followed and after the end of the war with Japan arrived at Hong Kong 03-Dec-1945 to embark former POW's for repatriation to the UK.
Arrived at the Clyde 10-Jan-1945 and went to Plymouth 06-Feb-1946 to de-store.
Sailed for Norfolk, Virginia 12-Feb-1946 was returned to the US Navy 03-Mar-1946.
Sold 1946 as the merchant vessel Coracero.
Renamed President Macapagal 1965.
Renamed Lucky Two 1972
Broken up for scrap at Taiwan May-1972.
Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1944.
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