HMS Trumpeter (1942) CVE (1st)
This the first ship to carry the name HMS Trumpeter was a
Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as USS Bastian, CVE 37, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend terms.
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp at Seattle, laid down 25-Aug-1942, launched 15-Dec-1942, transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 04-Aug-1943.
Sailed to the UK from the Norfolk Navy Yard 23-Oct-1943.
Allocated to Western Approaches Command as a ferry carrier and served in this role until Feb-1944 when she refitted at Dundee.
Converted to an operational carrier at Rosyth May-1944 and allocated to the Home Fleet Jun-1944.
Refitted at Rosyth May/Jul-1945.
Sailed to join the Eastern Fleet 07-Jul-1945 and on arrival used as a deck-landing training carrier.
Used for trooping duties from Sep-1945 and returned to the UK to de-store at the Clyde 10-Feb-1946.
Returned to the US Navy at Norfolk Navy Yard 06-Apr-1946.
Later sold as the merchant ship Albasserdjik.
Renamed Irene Valmas 1966
Scrapped at Castellon 01-May-1971.
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