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Build completion and transferred to RN as
On completion of sea trials took passage
to east coast USA
Transit of Panama
Passage to Norfolk,
Arrived at Norfolk
Embarked CORSAIR aircraft for transport
Passage to New York
Sailed for Clyde
(Note Passage with routine convoy to be
Arrived at Belfast
and disembarked aircraft.
Nominated for refit at Chatham
Took passage to Sheerness.
Taken hand for refit and modifications to
suit RN deployment.
to improve bomb
stowage safety carried out as carried
out in all
Built Escort Carriers transferred were
after HMS AVENGER was
lost in November
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Carried out post refit trials
During passage to Clyde
for work-up sustained major damage after
detonating a mine
Towed to Sheerness by tugs.
Largest warship successfully salvaged
after damage by mine in North Sea.)
Extensive repair work arranged at
commercial shipyard in London.
view of delay in availability of
operational service and prior to passage
some items of
equipment were removed in Chatham
for use in repair of other US Built
HMS STALKER Chronology.)
Passage from Chatham
to Thames shipyard.
(Note: It is
presumed tow was necessary.)
Taken in hand for repair.
Carried out post repair trials and
prepared for work-up in Clyde.
Took passage to Clyde
Embarked aircraft and carried out flying
Deployed for work-up
in NW Approaches.
Deployed for deck landing for aircraft
of 768 Squadron.
Clyde deployment in continuation.
Nominated for service as replenishment
carrier for support of British Pacific
part of Fleet Train
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Embarked 1845 Squadron aircraft and
personnel for passage to Australia.
Sailed from Clyde
with sister ships HMS KHEDIVE and SPEAKER
Called at Gibraltar.
During passage in Mediterranean
with HMS SPEAKER both ships launched
to carry our
search for U-Boat off North African coast.
Calls made at Port Said and Colombo
Diverted during passage to Sydney
and deployed with HM Escort Carrier
Frigate USS HUTCHINSON, Australian
Corvettes WARRNAMBOOL and CASTLEMAINE
to carry out
air search for two mercantiles
off west coast of Australia.
On arrival at Sydney
joined HM Escort Aircraft Carriers
SPEAKER, RULER, STRIKER
and CHASER in
30th Aircraft Carrier Squadron for service
in Fleet Train.
Train had been created to support Royal
Navy warships deployed with
US Navy for operations
in SW Pacific. It was designated
Task Force 112.)
For details of function and composition of
Fleet Train see THE FORGOTTEN
FLEET BY J Winton and
Naval Staff History.
Pennant Number for visual signalling
purposes was changed to R313 to conform
with US Navy
identity for this type of warship.)
Embarked 23 aircraft for delivery to Fleet
Passage to British Forward Base at
Sailed from Manus to US Navy Forward Base
transport of replacement aircraft to
British Pacific Fleet joined US Fifth
Fleet at Leyte and designated Task Force 57.
Arrived at Leyte.
Sailed from Leyte
with replacement aircraft.
Deployed with HM Escort Carrier STRIKER IN
Fleet Train during replenishment of BPF
out air operations against Japanese
airfields in the Sakishima-Gunto
of Fleet Train transferred to the US
Forward Base at Leyte which was
Deployed with Fleet Train for aircraft
delivery during replenishment period.
Supplied 22 replacement aircraft to ships
of Task Force 57 and recovered two flyable
SLINGER and HMS STRIKER carried 56
replacement aircraft during ICEBERG
of which 43 were delivered to Fleet
Passage to Leyte.
Arrived at Leyte.
Deployed for transport of aircraft to
Manus for delivery to Fleet during further
by TF37 and US ships on Sakishima-Gunto
(Operation ICEBERG TWO).
Replacement ferry duties in continuation
during preparations for attacks by BPF on
Passage to Sydney from Manus.
After withdrawal of the majority of BPF
from operations off Japan
took passage to
Kong for support of re-occupation