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January Contractor's trials.
(Note: Three US Navy Radar outfits were fitted during build.
Type SK for aircraft detection], Type SG for surface warning and a fire
control radar for Close Range AA armament. See RADAR AT SEA by D Howse.)
Completed or use as an Assault Carrier to provide air support in amphibious
operations but never used in that role.)
18th Transferred to Royal Navy and commissioned as HMS REAPER.
21st Build completion and commenced sea trials
March Sea trials and shakedown in continuation.
31st Took passage to Esquimalt.
April Taken in hand for commencement of modification by HM Canadian Dockyard to suit RN
May Deployed at Esquimalt
24th Sailed for San Francisco
(Note: Further trials and exercises on passage to be confirmed.)
22nd Took passage to Panama
July Passage from Panama to Norfolk, Va.
7th Arrived at Norfolk.
(Note: Embarkation of aircraft for passage to UK To be confirmed.)
22nd Took passage to New York
25th Sailed from New York for Clyde with inward Convoy HX301.
August Detached from HX301 and took passage to Greenock.
(Note: HX301 arrived in Liverpool on 8th)
5th Taken in hand for repair in Clyde commercial shipyard.
(Note: Modification of petrol distribution system to be confirmed.)
On completion embarked aircraft for transport to Gibraltar.
25th Joined outward Convoy KMF34 in NW Approaches for passage to Gibraltar
(Note KM F34 sailed from Clyde on 24th..)
31st Deployed at Gibraltar to disembark aircraft.
10th Joined inward Convoy MKF34 for Atlantic passage to UK
(Note: MKF34 sailed from Port Said on 3rd September)
14th Detached from MKF34 on arrival in Clyde.
Nominated for service as Ferry Carrier
27th Took passage to Norfolk to collect aircraft
(Note: Independent passage to be confirmed.)
October Embarked aircraft at Norfolk Navy Yard.
9th Sailed from Norfolk to New York
16th Took passage from Hampton Roads, New York with US inward Convoy UGF16
25th Disembarked aircraft at Gibraltar
(Note: UGF16 arrived at Naples on 28th.)
1st Passage from Gibraltar with US outward Convoy GUF15B from Naples.
Detached from GUF15B and made independent passage to Norfolk Va
(Note: GUF15B arrived at Hampton Roads on 7th.)
Deployed at Norfolk Navy Yard.
18th Sailed from Norfolk to New York to embark aircraft
22nd Embarked 36 CORSAIR aircraft at New York for transport to UK.
23rd Took passage to Belfast from New York.
5th Disembarked aircraft at Belfast.
Passage to Greenock.
9th Sustained damage in collision with mercantile ss TEGELBURG in Clyde.
Repair arranged in Clyde shipyard
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January Nominated for detached service as Ferry Carrier for transport of US aircraft
5th On completion of repair took passage to Panama.
20th Passage in Pacific Ocean to San Diego
29th Deployed at San Diego for US Navy detached service as Ferry Carrier in Pacific
February Deployed in Pacific for transport of US aircraft from west coast ports.
May Nominated for return to UK
On release from detached service took passage to New York.
13th Deployed at New York
Passage to Clyde from New York.
25th Arrived in Clyde
Nominated for refit at Rosyth and took passage to Forth
31st Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard Rosyth.
June Under refit
to Nominated for service in 30th Aircraft Carrier Squadron, Pacific Fleet.
August On completion of refit embarked aircraft and took passage to join Squadron in BPF.