HMS Stalker (1942) CVE (1st)
This the first ship to carry the name HMS Stalker was an
Attacker Class, escort aircraft carrier.
Built by Western Pipe & Steel Co at San Francisco, launched 05-Mar-1942 as USS Hamlin CVE15. Transferred to the Royal Navy on Lend-Lease and commissioned 21-Dec-1942.
Sailed for Casablanca 05-Mar-1943 carrying US aircraft, and after unloading them there sailed for the UK. Arriving at the Clyde 05-Apr-1943 when she was allocated to Western Approaches Command. Modified to RN standards at Chatham.
Allocated to Force V, in the Mediterranean 03-Aug-1943. Operated there until Dec-1944, with a period of refit at Liverpool Oct/Dec-1943. Took part in the landings at Salerno and the South of France.
Allocated to the East Indies Fleet 21-Feb-1945 and took part in operations there until the end of the war.
Left to return to the UK 02-Oct-1945 and arrived at the Clyde 22-Oct-1945 to de-store.
Returned to the US Navy 29-Dec-1945 at Norfolk Navy Yard.
Sold as the merchant vessel Riouw, and renamed Lobito 1968.
Scrapped at Taiwan Sep-1975.
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02 March, 2013.
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