HMS Smiter (1943) CVE  (1st)

This the first ship to carry the name HMS Smiter was a

Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as USS Vermillion, CVE 52, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend terms.

Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp of Seattle, laid down 10-May-1943, launched 27-Sep-1943, transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 20-Jul-1943.

Modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements followed at Vancouver and took until 31-Mar-1944

Sailed for the UK 05-Jun-1944 and was allocated to Western Approaches Command as a ferry carrier until Dec-1944.

Served as a deck-landing training carrier Dec-1944 to Jan-1945.

Refitted at Rosyth Jan-1945 to May-1945.

Converted to a general purpose operational carrier followed May-1945 to jul-1945.

Sailed to join the East Indies Fleet 07-Jul-1945.

Following the end of the was with Japan was used to ferry former POW's Sep toNov-1945.

Sailed to return to the UK 28-Dec-1945.

De-stored at the Clyde 11-Feb-1946.

Returned to the US Navy at Norfolk Navy Yard 06-Apr-1946.

Sold later as the merchant ship Artillero.

Renamed Presidente Garcia 1965.

Broken up at Hamburg Nov-1967.

Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1944.


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This page last edited - 23 June, 2012.

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