INDEX OF NAVAL
Ex USS Mclure AVG 45 - ACV 45 - CVE 45
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 Rajah's main wartime duties included ferry and transport activities in which she acted as a general purpose carrier, serving in the far east in the British Pacific Fleet for most of the war, arriving at Cochin 9 October 1944.
Rajah was returned to the USN on 13 December 1946, became mercantile Drente 1948, Lambros 1966, and Ulisse/Ulysses 1969. Sold and scrapped Spain 1975.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 888 Sept -Oct 1944 Hellcat II
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Rajah
Ex USS Mclure ACV/AGV-45, later USS Prince.
became mercantile Drente 1948, Lambros 1966, and Ulisse 1969.
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 17 December 1942, Launched 18 May 1943. Transferred 17 January 1944, Commissioned 17 January 1944 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 Sold and scrapped Spain 1975 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION World Aircraft Carriers List: US Escort Carriers, C3
Hulls Revised 17 July 2000 Version 2.03 Compiled and Maintained by: Andrew Toppan
NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive CVE-45 HMS RAJA(Ex- CVE-45 PRINCE) CLASS - BOGUE King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
LAVENDER, Cdr Peter (d 1980)
Reference code: GB99 KCLMA Lavender
Notebook containing telegrams transmitted from and received by HMS RAJAH, 1944, and notes on transmitting equipment and mechanical supplies, . Escort Carriers of World War Two - by Poolman, Kenneth (1989). Published by Arms & Armour. ISBN 0853689520