HMS Attacker (1942) CVE  (1st)

This the first ship to carry the name HMS Attacker was the name ship of a class of eleven escort aircraft carriers.

Built by Western Pipe & Steel Co at San Francisco, laid down 17-Apr-1941 as the merchant vessel Steel Artisan, converted on the stocks and launched 27-Sep-1941 as the USS Barnes AVG7.

Transferred  to the Royal Navy on Lend-Lease, renamed and commissioned Apr-1942.

Arrived in the UK Apr-1943 and modified to RN standards.

Went to the Mediterranean Aug-1943 where she took part in the Salerno landings.

Returned to the UK Oct-1943 and was converted to an assault carrier. Returned to the Mediterranean May-1944 and took part in the landings in the south of France. Remained in the Mediterranean until Apr-1945 when she moved to the East Indies Fleet.

Remained in the East Indies until the end of the War. Returned to the Clyde 11-Nov-1945 to de-store. 

Returned to the US Navy 05-Jan-1946 at Norfolk, Virginia. Sold as the merchant vessel Castel Forte.

Later renamed Fairsky. Converted to a floating hotel 23-Mar-1978 and renamed Philippine Tourist. Damaged by a major fire 03-Nov-1979. Scrapped at Hong Kong 24-May-1980.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1943-44, Salerno 1943, South France 1944 and Aegean 1944.


Other HMS Attacker
- 1st  HMS Attacker
- 2nd HMS Attacker
- 3rd HMS Attacker

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This page last edited - 21 March, 2013.

Copyright Ian M King, except where otherwise indicated.