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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 Shah's wartime service included convoy escort and fighter carrier supported Eastern Fleet operations against Burma and Malaya 1945.
Shah was returned to the USN on 6 December 1945, became mercantile Saltra 1948. Scrapped at Buenes Aires 1966
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 851 June-Sept 1945 Avenger I/Wildcat V 804 April-May 1945 Hellcat II 888 April-May 1945 Hellcat II 800 May 1945 Hellcat I/II 845 June-Sept 1945 Avenger I 1700 Aug 1945 Walrus I
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Carrier name HMS Shah
Built as USS Jamaica ACV/AVG-43.
Became Saltra 1948
Class Ruler Type Fighter and Assault 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 13 November 1942, Launched 21 April 1943. Transferred 27 September 1943, Commissioned 27 September 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 Buenes Aires 1966 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway 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
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