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Ex CVE-32 Chatham
Slinger built to the "Ruler" class was in 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 Slinger's wartime career was as an assault carrier then escort carrier serving with the British Pacific Fleet as escort for the Fleet Train 1945 and involvement in Okinawa 1945.
Crew with FAA aircraft, HMS Slinger
Slinger was returned to the USN on 27 Febraury 1946, became mercantile Robin Mowbray 1948, scrapped Kaohsiung 1970
"My name is John Lawson and I served as a Coder in the Communications Department of HMS Slinger. I have a site for SLINGER which gives details of the ships voyages with the British Pacific Fleet in WW II and the reminincences of myself and my shipmates. If you would like to visit, just click on the following link". HMS Slinger Site [re-launched website 3 May 2001]
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 1845 Dec 1944-April 1945 Corsair IV
Associations and Reunions
Annual HMS Slinger reunions are held in Chester, UK, each June.
Contact Name: John Lawson
E-mail: John Lawson email@example.com
Carrier name HMS Slinger
built as USS Catham AVG-32,
became mercantile Robin Mowbray 1948
Class Ruler Type Assault and 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 25 May 1942, Launched 19 September 1943. Transferred 11 August 1943, Commissioned 11 August 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 Kaohsiung 1970 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION HMS Slinger website [re-launched May 2001] "My name is John Lawson and I served as a Coder in the Communications
Department of HMS Slinger. I have a site for SLINGER which gives details of the ships voyages with the British
Pacific Fleet in WW II and the reminincences of myself and my shipmates. If you would like to visit, just click on the link. HMS Slinger Site"
NavSource Online:Escort Carrier Photo Archive CVE-32 HMS SLINGER (Ex- CVE-32 CHATAM) CLASS - BOGUE ROYAL NAVY ESCORT CARRIERS Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen, Association inc (USA) 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