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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23 June, 2012.
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