HMS Emperor (1943) CVE (2nd)
This the second ship to carry the name HMS Emperor was a Ruler
Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as USS
Pybus, CVE 34, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, laid down 23-Jun-1942, launched 07-Oct-1942, completed 31-May-1943, and entered service with the US Navy.
Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 06-Aug-1943.
Following modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements was allocated to the Home Fleet 18-Mar-1944.
Operations in the Norwegian area followed until May-1944 when she served in the Western Approaches Command area. Took part in D-Day operations and deployed to the Mediterranean Jul-1944 to take part in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of South France.
Operated in the Eastern Mediterranean / Aegean area from Sep to Nov-1944, then returned to the UK for refit at Newport.
Sailed 01-Mar-1945 to join the Eastern Fleet. Assisted with the re-occupation of Singapore following the end of the war with Japan.
Arrived at the Clyde for de-storing 04-Dec-1945.
Returned to the US Navy at Norfolk, Virginia 12-Feb-1946.
Later sold for scrapping.
Other HMS Emperor
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29 May, 2012.
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