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The Ruler class ships 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 Queen's war service included Atlantic, Norway and Arctic convoys. As a Convoy escort she shared the sinking of the German Uboat U-711 with aircraft from HMS Trumpeter on 4 May 1945.
Queen returned to the USN on 31 October 1946, and became mercantile Roebiah 1948, President Marcos 1966 and Luck One 1972. Scrapped at Kaohsiung 1972.
Atlantic 1944, Norway 1945, Arctic 1945
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 853 Dec 1944-May 1945 Avenger
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Queen
Ex USS ST andrews ACV/AVG-49.
became mercantile Roebiah 1948, President Marcos 1966 and Luck One 1972.
Class Ruler Type 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 12 March 1943, Launched 2 August 1943. Transferred 7 December 1943, Commissioned 7 December 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 1972. Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION Navsource online: Escort Carrier photo archive: HMS QUEEN 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)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639
World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway