INDEX OF NAVAL
Ex USS AVG 24 - ACV 24 - CVE 24
The "Attacker" Class were the second batch of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, the lead ship - Attacker - having originally been intended to be one of the "Avenger" Class. They were also the first escort carriers to be ordered after the USA entered the war; the USN kept the other 10 vessels ordered at the same time, as these became the "Bogue" Class. Like their predecessors they were converted from mercantile hulls. The RN undertook essential alterations to the aviation fuel systems, and lengthened the flight deck. Once the ships were ready for action they soon proved themselves, both as convoy escorts and fighter support ships for amphibious landings.
HMS Ravager saw war service in the Atlantic with 835 (wildcat) and 804 (hellcat) squadrons embarked between September and October 1943, but subsequently she was used mainly as a DLT training, Ravager becoming one of the main RN training carriers which was operating in the North Sea off the Scottish coast. Training DLTs training of Ravager included many squadrons over the period, and included such as the Sea Hurricane of 760 squadron from RNAS Inskip in October, 1944.
Ravager was returned to the USN on 26 February 1946, and became mercantile Robin Trent 1948, Trent 1971, scrapped Kaohsiung 1973.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 835 Sept-Oct 1943 Wildcat VI 804 Oct 1943 Hellcat I
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Ravager
became mercantile Robin Trent 1948, Trent 1971
Class Attacker Type Training Escort Carrier (US built) Ships in Class Attacker, Battler, Chaser, Fencer, Hunter, Pursuer, Ravager, Searcher, Stalker, Striker, Tracker Launched Tonnage Net displacement 9,800 tons, Gross displacement, Load 6,900 tons Engines 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers, 2 Westinghouse geared turbines driving 1 shaft at 8500 shp Speed in Knots 18.5 knots Armament Gun 1 x 2 x 4" L/50 AA, 4x 2 x 40mm Bofors AA 10-35 x 20mm Oerlikon AA Crew Complement 646 Officers & Ratings excluding Air Group Range Length (ft/inches) 496 Beam (ft/inches) 69'6'' Draught (ft/inches) 26 Flight Deck length (ft/inches) 480 Flight Deck width (ft/inches) 70 Armour Number of aircraft carried up to 24 Fate of carrier scrapped Kaohsiung 1973 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers http://www.navsource.org/archives/03idx.htm Escort Carriers of World War Two - by Poolman, Kenneth (1989). Published by Arms & Armour. ISBN 0853689520