HMS Raven II (1915) CV (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Raven II was a
Originally the German merchant ship Rabenfels, seized at port Said Aug-1914 while en route from Rotterdam to Bombay. Taken over Dec-1914 and converted to carry aircraft by providing canvas screens as aircraft shelters. Operated with a joint civilian-naval crew under the Red Ensign, with Aircraft piloted by French pilots and British observers.
Commissioned 12-Jun-1915 into the Royal Navy and renamed Raven II.
For the rest of 1915 operated mainly with French forces. Assigned to the East Indies & Egypt Seaplane Squadron Jan-1916 and operated in the Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Red Seas.
Damaged 01-Sep-1916 by a bomb dropped from a German aircraft.
Moved to the Indian ocean mar/Jun-1917.
Paid off late 1917, reverted to merchant duties and renamed Ravenrock.
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