HMS Begum (1943) CVE (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Begum was a
Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as
USS Bolinas, CVE 36, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, laid down 03-Aug-1942, launched 11-Nov-1942, transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 02-Aug-1943.
Modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements followed at Vancouver, and sailed from New York for Liverpool 09-Jan-1944.
Sailed to join the Eastern Fleet 03-Mar-1944 and operated in the Indian Ocean until Jan-1945 when she left to return to the UK.
Refitted at the Clyde and converted to a ferry carrier Feb-1945 to Apr-1945.
Sailed 17-Apr-1945 to join the British Pacific Fleet, and operated there until Oct-1945.
Returned to the UK and arrived at the Clyde 10-Nov-1945 to de-store.
Returned to the US navy 05-Jan-1946 at Norfolk, Virginia.
Sold 16-Apr-1947 as the merchant vessel Raki.
Renamed I Yung 1966.
Broken for scrap at Taiwan Mar-1974.
Won the Battle Honour: East Indies 1944
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17 March, 2013.
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