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Ex USS Bolinas ACV/AVG-36
Became Raki 1948, and I-Yung 1966
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.
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
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 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 Kaohsiung 1974 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION 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