HMS Biter (1942) CVE (5th)
This the fifth ship to carry the name HMS Biter was an escort
Originally the Rio Paraw built by the Sun Shipbuilding Co of Chester, launched 18-Dec-1940 and converted. Completed 18-Dec-1940.
Transferred to the Royal Navy on Lend-lease 06-Apr-1942.
Operated in the Mediterranean and took part in Operation Torch the North Africa landings Nov-1942.
Moved to the Atlantic 1943 and early 1944.
Damaged by a major fire while alongside at Greenock 25-Aug-1944. But there was no ship repair capacity to have her repaired.
Returned to the US Navy 09-Apr-1945, 'as is' on the Clyde.
Repaired by the US Navy and loaned to the French Navy and renamed Dixmude.
Saw action off Indo China 1946 against Viet-Minh forces.
Returned to aircraft ferrying duty 1947.
Used as an accommodation ship for labourers 1956.
Returned to the US Navy 1966 and broken up for scrap.
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11 April, 2013.
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