HMS Khedive (1943) CVE  (1st)

This the only ship to carry the name HMS Khedive was a Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as USS Cordova, CVE 39, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend terms.

Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp at Seattle, laid down 22-Sep-1942, launched 30-Jan-1943, transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 20-Jul-1943.

Modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements followed at Vancouver, and she sailed 01-Nov-1943 to Liverpool. Modified to assault carrier standard at Rosyth.

Served in the Mediterranean Jul-1944 to Oct-1944 after which she returned to the UK for refit.

Sailed 11-Jan-1945 to join the East Indies Fleet, where she took part in operations until the end of the war with Japan.

Returned to the UK Nov-1945 and de-stored in the Clyde.

Returned to the US Navy at Norfolk Navy Yard 26-Jan-1946.

Sold 23-Jan-1947 for merchant service and renamed Rempang.

Renamed Daphne 1968.

Broken up at Gandria 20-Jan-1976.

Won the Battle Honours: Aegean 1944, South France 1944, East Indies 1945 and Burma 1945.


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This page last edited - 16 March, 2013.

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