HMS Slinger (1943) CVE (2nd)
This the second ship to carry the name HMS Slinger was a
Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as
USS Chatham, CVE 32, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp of Seattle, laid down 25-May-1942, launched 15-Dec-1942, transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 1-Aug-1943.
Allocated to the Western Approaches Command as a ferry carrier 06-Oct-1943.
Refitted to Royal Navy Standards at Chatham Dockyard Nov-1943 to Feb-1944.
Struck a mine in the River Medway 05-Feb-1944 on leaving Chatham Dockyard. initially cannibalised for spare parts then repaired at a London shipyard Feb-1944 to Oct 1944 when she left for the Clyde.
Used as a deck-landing training carrier based on the Clyde Nov-1944 to Jan-1945.
Sailed to join the British Pacific Fleet as a replenishment carrier 11-Jan-1945.
Following the end of the war with Japan was used to repatriate former POW's from Hong Kong to Australia Aug-1945 to Oct 1945.
After a short refit period was used for trooping duties.
Returned to the UK Dec-1945 and de-stored at the Clyde Jan-1946.
Returned to the US Navy at Norfolk navy Yard 27-Feb-1946.
Sold as the merchant vessel Robin Mowbray.
Arrived at Taiwan for breaking up 20-Jan-1970.
Won the Battle Honour: Okinawa 1945.
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20 January, 2013.
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