INDEX OF NAVAL
Assault and Assault Escort Carrier
Ex USS Phybus AVG-34, CVE-34
Emperor was one of the third group of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, and was generally similar to the preceding "Attacker" Class ships. 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 Emperor saw war service in the Atlantic, Norway, Mediterranean and East Indies. As a fighter carrier 1943-44 she provided cover for Barracuda strike aircraft during Operation "Tungsten" 3 April 1944 against the German battleshoip Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, Norway, and her duties were subsequently as an assault carrier 1944-45. She returned to the USN on 4 Februay 1946 and was scrapped.
Atlantic 1943 - 4, Norway 1944, Normandy 1944, South France 1944, Aegean 1944, Malaya 1945, Burma 1945.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 800 Dec 1943-Sept 1945 Hellcat I/II 804 Dec 1943-June 1944 Hellcat I 808 dt April 1945 Hellcat II 845 April 1945 Avenger I 888 April 1945 Hellcat II 851 dt May 1945 Avenger I 896 dt June 1945 Hellcat II 1700 July-Oct 1945 Walrus I
Associations and Reunions
HMS Emperor Reunion, L Gifford, 11 Jersey Croft, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, B36 OPD (ref: 1988+)
Carrier name HMS Emperor
Ex USS Phybus AVG-34
Class Ruler Type Fighter and Assault 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 23 June 1942. Launched 7 Oct 1942. Transferred 31 May 1943, Commissioned 6 Aug 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 returned to USN 4 Feb. 1946 and scrapped. Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION HMS Emperor logbook 22 August 1944
[downloadable pdf files of the log entries for 22 August 1944 - part 1, part 2]
NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers EMPEROR Aircraft profiles are offered by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! decals Hellcat I, JV131, 800 squadron HMS Emperor, March 1944 during Tirpitz attacks, Hellcat II, JX899, 800 Squadron, HMS Emperor Singapore, Sept 1945, Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS GRUMMAN HELLCAT Mk.I, 800 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, H.M.S. Emperor, Mediterranean Sea, August 1944 Operation Dragoon - Invasion of Southern France World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway