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HMS Pursuer (1943) CVE  (1st)

    
This the first ship to carry the name HMS Pursuer was an Attacker Class, escort aircraft carrier, originally  the USS Mormacland.

Built by Ingalls of Pascagoula, as the merchant ship Mormacland, launched 18-Jul-1942 as the USS St. George CVE17. Completed, transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease, renamed and commissioned 14-Jun-1943.

Sailed for the UK 30-Jul-1943 and on arrival allocated to Western Approaches Command and began modifications to an assault carrier.

Operated in the Atlantic and then Norwegian waters. Took part in the Normandy landings after which she moved to the Mediterranean Jul-1944. There took part in 'Operation Dragoon', the landings in the south of France. 

Operated in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean Sep/Oct-1944, returning to the UK in October. Tool part in several operations in Norwegian waters and then went to Norfolk, Virginia for repairs and refit.

Allocated to the East Indies Fleet Feb-1945, arriving at Trincomalee 01-Aug-1945. Used for trooping duties Oct/Nov-1945 and arrived in the Clyde Dec-1945 for de-storing. 

Returned to the US Navy 12-Feb-1946 at Norfolk, Virginia.

Sold 14-May-1946 for scrapping.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1943-45, Norway 1944, Normandy 1944, South France 1944 and Aegean 1944.

 

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This page last edited - 22 June, 2012.

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