INDEX OF NAVAL
Ex USS Bafins Bay AVG-35
Ruler Class carriers were the third group of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, and were generally similar to the preceding "Attacker" Class. The modifications carried out to the earlier class after their arrival in the UK were incorporated in the "Ruler" Class during construction. Many of the class were used as amphibious support carriers, taking part in the invasion of Southern France. Others supported Eastern Fleet operations against Burma and Malaya, and some served with the British Pacific Fleet as escorts for the Fleet Train.
HMS Ameer's war service was as a Fighter Carrier supporting Eastern Fleet operations against Burma and Malaya 1945.
Ameer returned to the USN on 17 January 1946. Became Robin Kirk 1948, scrapped at Kaohsiung 1969
Burma, 1945, Malaya 1945
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
As Convoy Escort: 18 -24 aircraft 14-20 Swordfish/Avenger, 4 Martlet
As Fighter Carrier: 20-24 Martlet fighters
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 845 July 1944-August 1944 Wildcat V 804 Dec 1944-March 1945 Hellcat II 845 Dec 1944 Wildcat V 896 April 1945-Sept 1945 Hellcat II 804 May 1945-Oct 1945 Hellcat II 888 June 1945 Hellcat II 1700 Dt July 1945-Aug 1945 Walrus I
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Ameer
Ex USS Bafins Bay AVG-35
became Robin Kirk 1948 (USA)
Class Ruler Type Assault /Fighter Escort Carrier (US built) Ships in Class Ameer, Arbiter, Atheling, Begum, Emperor, Empress, Khedive, Nabob, Patroller, Premier, Puncher, Queen, Rajah, Ranee, Reaper, Ruler, Shah, Slinger, Smiter, Speaker, Thane, Trouncer, Trumpeter Launched Laid down 18 July 1942. Launched 18 Oct 1942. Transferred 19 July 1943, Commissioned 20 July 1943 Tonnage 8,333 tons
Gross displacement 14,000 tons
Load 5667 tons
Engines 2 x Foster-Wheeler boilers; 2 x Westinghouse geared turbines at 8500 shp, 1 shaft Speed in Knots 18 knots Armament Gun 2 x 1 x 5"/38-cal DP 8 x 2 x 40mm AA 27-35 x 1 x 20mm AA Crew Complement 646 Officers & Ratings including Air Group Range Length (ft/inches) 496 Beam (ft/inches) 69' 6" Draught (ft/inches) 23'3" Flight Deck length (ft/inches) 470' Flight Deck width (ft/inches) 70' Armour Number of aircraft carried 18-24 Fate of carrier scrapped at Kaohsiung 1969 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway American based World Aircraft Carrier Lists & Photo Gallery - one of the definitive online sources for British and world aircraft carrier & seaplane tender data, histories and images - over 1000 photos. British Forces. com web Information Navsource archives: aircraft carriers AMEER The following profiles are offered by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! decals, Hellcat FR.II, JW723, 804 Squadron, HMS Ameer Malay Coast, August 1945, Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8
The World’s Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Janes London 1941 1st ed.
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1944). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639