HMS Empress (1943) CVE (3rd)
This the third ship to carry the name HMS Empress was a Ruler
Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as USS
Carnegie, CVE 38, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, laid down 09-Sep-1942, launched 30-Dec-1942, and transferred to the Royal Navy 08-Jun-1943. Completed 09-Aug-1943 and commissioned 12-Aug-1943.
Modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements followed at Vancouver, and she sailed 26-Mar-1944 from New York for the Clyde. Although allocated to Western Approaches Command 11-Apr-1944 spent most of the time from until Jan-1945 undergoing defect rectification.
Sailed to join the Eastern Fleet 06-Jan-1945 and took part in operations until the end of the war with Japan.
Remained in the Far East until 27-Nov-1945 when she sailed from Colombo to return to the UK.
Arrived at the Clyde 19-Dec-1945 to de-store.
Returned to the US Navy at Norfolk, Virginia 04-Feb-1946.
Sold 21-Jun-1946 for scrapping.
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21 June, 2012.
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