Escort Carrier

Ex USS Bolinas ACV/AVG-36
Ex CVE-36

Became Raki 1948, and I-Yung 1966



HMS Begum (D-38) was built in the USA at Seattle-Tacoma as USS Bolinas ACV/AVG-36 where she was laid down 3 August 1942. She was launched 11 November 1942 and commmisioned as CVE-36 on 22 July 1943. Transferred to the Royal Navy on 22 July 1943, she was commissioned on 2 August 1943 as HMS Begum.

Begum was one of the Ruler class ships. This was 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 Begum's war record was confined to convoy escort duties then general purpose carrier supported Eastern Fleet operations against Burma and Malaya 1945. She was returned to the USN on 4 January 1946. She became mercantile Raki 1948, and I-Yung 1966. Scrapped at Kaohsiung 1974.

Battle Honours
Ruler - class Escort Carrier 1944 - 5. War service Indian Ocean 1945.

No information on Captains.

Squadrons and Aircraft

FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type
832 May 1944-Feb 1945 Avenger II/Wildcat V

Associations and Reunions
No information

Carrier name HMS Begum 
ex USS Bolinas ACV/AVG-36/CVE-36
Became Raki 1948, and I-Yung 1966. 
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 3 Aug 1942. Launched 11 Nov 1942. Transferred 22 July 1943, Commissioned 2 Aug 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 at Kaohsiung 1974

NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers: HMS Begum  Details and history of HMS BEGUM Escort carrier 
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). Jane's 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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