HMS Rajah (1943) CVE (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Rajah was a
Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as
USS McClure, CVE 45, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp of Seattle, laid down 17-Dec-1942, launched 18-May-1943, transferred to the Royal Navy 17-Oct-1943 and commissioned 17-Jan-1944.
Modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements followed at Vancouver and she sailed for the UK from New York 26-May-1944.
Allocated to the Western Approaches Command and used as a training carrier until Aug-1944.
Sailed to join the Eastern Fleet 10-Sep-1944 and after disembarking aircraft at India and Ceylon, returned to the UK for refit.
Allocated to the US navy as a ferry carrier Dec-1944 and served in that role until Aug-1945 when she returned to the Clyde to be refitted for trooping duties, and continued with this until Dec-1946.
Returned to the US Navy at Norfolk Navy Yard 13-Dec-1946.
Sold as a Merchant ship Drenthe 07-Jul-1947.
Renamed Lambros 1966.
Renamed Ulisse 1969.
Arrived for breaking up at Savona 23-Jun-1975.
Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1944.
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29 May, 2012.
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