INDEX OF NAVAL
Assault and Assault Escort
Ex USS Carnegie CVE/AVG-38.
Empress was in the third group of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, which were generally similar to the "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 Empress was an assault carrier and fighter carrier which saw war service in the Atlantic and East Indies. She supported Eastern Fleet operations against Burma and Malaya in 1945. She was returned to the USN on 4 February 1946 and scrapped.
Atlantic 1944, Burma 1945.
No information on Captains.
Model of HMS Empress Hellcat B-8H, 1945
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 850 Jan-April 1944 Avenger I 804 dt Feb-March 1945 Hellcat II 845 Feb-March 1945 Avenger I 888 Feb-March 1945 Hellcat II 804 April 1945 Hellcat II 845 May-June 1945 Avenger I 888 May-June 1945 Hellcat II 896 June-Sept 1945 Hellcat II
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Empress Ex USS Carnegie CVE/AVG-38 Class Ruler Type Assault 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 Sept 1942. Launched 30 Dec 1942. Transferred 8 June 1943, Commissioned 9 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 retuned to USN 4 February 1946 and scrapped Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway Navsource archives: HMS EMPRESS 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). Jane's London 1941 1st ed.
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639