HMS Fencer (1943) CVE (1st)
This the first ship to carry the name HMS Fencer was an escort aircraft carrier.
Built by Western Pipe & Steel Co of San Francisco, launched 04-Apr-1942 as USS Croton. Completed 20-Feb-1943 and commissioned in the US Navy.
Transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease 27-Feb-1943 and renamed. Commissioned into the Royal Navy at San Francisco 01-Mar-1943.
Arrived in the UK May-1943 and allocated to Western Approaches Command. Served in the Atlantic until Mar-1944 when she joined the Home Fleet. Escorted Russian convoys and also served in Norwegian waters until Jul-1944.
Returned to Western Approaches Command until Aug-1944 when she went back to the Home Fleet and served again in Norwegian waters.
Allocated to the British Pacific Fleet 31-Oct-1944 as a ferry carrier and sailed for the Far East. Served there until the end of the war.
Returned to the UK Sep-1945 and converted for trooping duties.
Returned to the US Navy 21-Nov-1946 at Norfolk Virginia.
Sold as a merchant vessel, Sydney. Renamed several times during th1960's and 70's. Broken up for scrap at Spezia 01-Sep-1975.
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21 March, 2013.
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