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 lease-lend terms

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.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1944 and Okinawa 1945.


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This page last edited - 30 May, 2012.

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