Assault and Assault Escort 

Ex US Steel Artisan
Ex USS Barnes AVG-7
Became Castel Forte 1948, Fairsky 1958, Philippine Tourist 1979

HMS Attacker was an American built ship constructed by the Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco. She was laid down on 17 April 1941, as US Steel Artisan, then named USS Barnes AVG-7. She was launched on 27 September  1942, and transferred to the RN on 30 September 1942. She was commisioned on 10 October 1942.

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 however they were powered by steam turbines. The first of the class arrived in the UK in January 1943 and commenced active service in August 1943. Once the ships were ready for action they soon proved themselves, both as convoy escorts and fighter support ships for amphibious landings.

HMS Attacker was essentially an "Assault Carrier" 1942-1945. Her main battle honour was earned when she supported the Salerno landings. She was returned to the USN on 5 January 1946, and became the mercantile Castel Forte 1948, Fairsky 1958, and Philippine Tourist 1979. She was scrapped in 1980.

Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943 - 4, Salerno 1943, South France 1944, Aegean 1944.

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Squadrons and Aircraft
Aircraft Convoy Escorts 14~20 Swordfish / Avenger aircraft and 4 Martlets

FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type
838 March-April 1943 Swordfish I
840  March-April 1943 Swordfish I
886 June-Oct 1943 Seafire L.IIc/Swordfish I
879  July 1943-Nov 1945 Seafire L.IIc
886  Dec 1943-Feb 1944 Seafire L.IIc
809 Nov-Dec 1944 Seafire L.IIc

Associations and Reunions
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Carrier name HMS Attacker 
Ex US Steel Artisan, ex USS Barnes AVG-7 USA).
Became Castel Forte 1948, Fairsky 1958, Philippine Tourist 1979
Class Attacker
Type Assault Escort Carrier (US built)
Ships in Class Attacker, Battler, Chaser, Fencer, Hunter, Pursuer, Ravager, Searcher, Stalker, Striker, Tracker
Launched Laid down 17 April 1941, Launched 27 Sept 1942, Transferred 30 Sept 42, Commisioned 10 October 1942
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
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
Number of aircraft carried up to 24
Fate of carrier Scrapped 1980 

British Forces. com web Information
NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers ATTACKER
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. 
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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