List of escort aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy

List of escort aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy

During World War II and its aftermath, the following 45 escort aircraft carriers served in the Royal Navy. Some were converted from merchant ships by the Royal Navy, but many were constructed or converted by the United States Navy and sold to the RN or transferred under the Lend-Lease program. All of the ships survived the war apart from those noted here. After the war the surviving ships were returned to the U.S.; re-entered merchant service; were scrapped; or were transferred to other Navies.

The following escort carriers were converted from merchant ships (not to be confused with merchant aircraft carriers) by the Royal Navy:

*HMS "Audacity" (D10) - sunk 1941
*HMS "Activity" (D94)
*HMS "Campania" (D48)
*HMS "Pretoria Castle" (F61)
Nairana class:
*HMS "Nairana" (D05)
*HMS "Vindex" (D15)

The following escort carriers were constructed or converted from merchant ships by the United States and operated by the Royal Navy:

Long Island class:
*HMS "Archer" (D78), previously "BAVG-1"
Avenger class:
*HMS "Avenger" (D14), previously "BAVG-2" - sunk 1942
*HMS "Biter" (D97), previously "BAVG-3"
*HMS "Charger" (D27), previously "BAVG-4", later USS "Charger" (CVE-30)
*HMS "Dasher" (D37), previously "BAVG-5" - sunk 1943
Bogue class:
*HMS "Tracker" (D24), previously "BAVG-6"
*HMS "Battler" (D18), previously USS "Altamaha" (CVE-6)
*HMS "Attacker" (D02), previously USS "Barnes" (CVE-7)
*HMS "Hunter" (D80), previously USS "Block Island" (CVE-8)
*HMS "Chaser" (D32), previously USS "Breton" (CVE-10)
*HMS "Fencer" (D64), previously USS "Croatan" (CVE-14)
*HMS "Stalker" (D91), previously USS "Hamlin" (CVE-15)
*HMS "Pursuer" (D73), previously USS "St. George" (CVE-17)
*HMS "Striker" (D12), previously USS "Prince William" (CVE-19)
*HMS "Searcher" (D40), previously "CVE-22"
*HMS "Ravager" (D70), previously "CVE-24"
*HMS "Slinger" (D26), previously USS "Chatham" (CVE-32)
*HMS "Atheling" (D51), previously USS "Glacier" (CVE-33)
*HMS "Emperor" (D98), previously USS "Pybus" (CVE-34)
*HMS "Ameer" (D01), previously USS "Baffins" (CVE-35)
*HMS "Begum" (D38), previously USS "Bolinas" (CVE-36)
*HMS "Trumpeter" (D09), previously USS "Bastian" (CVE-37)
*HMS "Empress" (D42), previously USS "Carnegie" (CVE-38)
*HMS "Khedive" (D62), previously USS "Cordova" (CVE-39)
*HMS "Speaker" (D90), previously USS "Delgada" (CVE-40)
*HMS "Nabob" (D77), previously USS "Edisto" (CVE-41) - damaged 1944; repaired post-war
*HMS "Premier" (D23), previously USS "Estero" (CVE-42)
*HMS "Shah" (D21), previously USS "Jamaica" (CVE-43)
*HMS "Patroller" (D07), previously USS "Keweenaw" (CVE-44)
*HMS "Rajah" (D10), previously USS "Prince" (CVE-45)
*HMS "Ranee" (D03), previously USS "Niantic" (CVE-46)
*HMS "Trouncer" (D85), previously USS "Perdido" (CVE-47)
*HMS "Thane" (D48), previously USS "Sunset" (CVE-48) - damaged 1945; never repaired
*HMS "Queen" (D19), previously USS "St. Andrews" (CVE-49)
*HMS "Ruler" (D72), previously USS "St. Joseph" (CVE-50)
*HMS "Arbiter" (D31), previously USS "St. Simon" (CVE-51)
*HMS "Smiter" (D55), previously USS "Vermillion" (CVE-52)
*HMS "Puncher" (D79), previously USS "Willapa" (CVE-53)
*HMS "Reaper" (D82), previously USS "Winjah" (CVE-54)


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