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 terms.

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.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1944 and Burma 1945.


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

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This page last edited - 21 June, 2012.

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