INDEX OF NAVAL
Ex USS Glacier ACV/CVE-33
Atheling was one of the "Ruler" Class, the third group of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, and she was 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.
Atheling wss primarily involved in convoy escort duties, and subsequently as a fighter carrier. She was returned to the USN on 13 December 1946. She subsequently became the mercantile "Roma" 1950, and scrapped at Vado in 1967.
Ruler - class Escort Carrier 1943 - 5
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 1838 Feb-april 1944 Corsair II 889 May-June 1944 Seafire L.IIc 890 May-July 1944 Wildcat V 1838 Aug 1-Sept 1944 Corsair II
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Atheling
Ex USS Glacier ACV/CVE-33
Became Roma 1950
Class Ruler Type Convoy and 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 9 June 1942. Launched 7 Sept 1942. Transferred 31 July 1943, Commissioned 31 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 1967 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION British Forces. com web Information NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive. CVE-33 HMS ATHELING (Ex- CVE-33 GLACIER) 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. Aircarft profiles by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! The following profiles include Wildcat V, JV435, 890 Squadron, HMS Atheling Trade Protection Duties, Indian Ocean, May - July 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