HMS Ruler (1943) CVE (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Ruler was the name ship of
a class of 23 Escort Aircraft Carriers. Built for the US Navy as USS
St. Joseph, CVE 50, and transferred to the Royal Navy under
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp of Seattle, laid down 25-Mar-1943, launched 21-Aug-1943, and commissioned 22-Dec-1943.
Modified to meet Royal Navy requirements at Vancouver and arrived at Norfolk Navy Yard 08-Apr-1944.
Allocated to Western Approaches Command and served as a ferry carrier until Nov-1944. After a short refit began work up for operational duties.
To the British Pacific Fleet as a replenishment support escort carrier and arrived at Sydney 16-Mar-1945. Took part in operations in the Pacific and was present in Tokyo bay during the Japanese surrender ceremony..
Returned to the UK via Sydney and arrived in the Clyde 03-Dec-1945 to begin de-storing.
Left for Norfolk, Virginia 04-Jan-1946 and returned to the US Navy 29-Jan-1946.
Sold for scrapping 31-May-1946.
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30 May, 2012.
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