Escort Carrier

Ex USS Glacier ACV/CVE-33
Became Roma 1950


HMS Atheling (D-51) was an American built ship constructed at Puget Sound Navy Yard as USS Glacier (ACV/CVE-33). She was laid down 9 June 1942, launched 7 September 1942 and transferred on 31 July 1943 to the Royal Navy. She was commissioned 31 July 1943.

Atheling was one of the "Ruler" Class, the third group of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, and she was 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.

Atheling wss primarily involved in convoy escort duties, and subsequently as a fighter carrier. She was returned to the USN on 13 December 1946. She subsequently became the mercantile "Roma" 1950, and scrapped at Vado in 1967.

Battle Honours
Ruler - class Escort Carrier 1943 - 5

No information.

Squadrons and Aircraft

FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type
1838 Feb-april 1944 Corsair II
889  May-June 1944 Seafire L.IIc
890 May-July 1944 Wildcat V
1838 Aug 1-Sept 1944  Corsair II

Associations and Reunions
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Carrier name HMS Atheling
Ex USS Glacier ACV/CVE-33
Became Roma 1950
Class Ruler
Type Convoy and Fighter 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 9 June 1942. Launched 7 Sept 1942. Transferred 31 July 1943, Commissioned 31 July 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
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'
Number of aircraft carried 18-24
Fate of carrier  scrapped 1967

British Forces. com web Information
NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive. CVE-33 HMS ATHELING (Ex- CVE-33 GLACIER)  
World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway American based World Aircraft Carrier Lists & Photo Gallery - one of the definitive online sources for British and world aircraft carrier & seaplane tender data, histories and images - over 1000 photos. 
Aircarft profiles by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! The following profiles include Wildcat V, JV435, 890 Squadron, HMS Atheling Trade Protection Duties, Indian Ocean, May - July 1945 
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)(1944). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639

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