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 terms.

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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This page last edited - 07 May, 2013.

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