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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.
Corsair coded "ZH" landing on HMS Smiter, August 1945
HMS Smiter was operational from August 1945 and saw no action, primarily providing convoy escort in the Atlantic.
Smiter returned to the USN on 6 April 1946, became mercantile Artillero 1948 and President Garcia 1965, wrecked off Guernsey 13 July 1967 and later broken up at Hamburg.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 815 July-Aug 1945 Barracuda TR3 888 Dec 1945 Hellcat II
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Smiter
Ex USS Vermillion ACV/AVG-52
became mercantile Artillero 1948 and President Garcia 1965
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 10 May 1943, Launched 27 September 1943. Transferred 20 January 1944, Commissioned 20 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 Wrecked off Guernsey 13 July 1967 and later broken up at Hamburg. Notes
Navsource online. Escort Carrier photo archives: HMS SMITER
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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