INDEX OF NAVAL
Ex Mormacgulf Ingalls
HMS Chaser, as part of the "Attacker" Class was one of 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. Once the ships were ready for action they soon proved themselves, both as convoy escorts and fighter support ships for amphibious landings.
Chaser's war service included Convoy escort, mainly on Arctic routes. Aircraft from one of her squadrons, 816 squadron, assisted in the sinking of the German submarine U472 on 4 March 1944, and aircraft sank U366 and U973 in the following two days.
Chaser was returned to the USN on 12 May 1946, after which she became mercantile Aagtekerk 1948, and E-Yung 1967. She was scrapped at Kaohsiung in 1972.
Atlantic 1943, Arctic 1944, Okinawa 1945.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 835 Nov-Dec 1943 Swordfish II 816 Feb-March 1944 Wildcat V 899 Jan-April 1945 Seafire L.III
Associations and Reunions
Carrier name HMS Chaser
Ex Mormacgulf 1941, ex USS Breton ACV-10 (1943)
Became mercantile Aagtekerk 1948, and E-Yung 1967.
Class Attacker Type Escort Carrier (US built) Ships in Class Attacker, Battler, Chaser, Fencer, Hunter, Pursuer, Ravager, Searcher, Stalker, Striker, Tracker Launched 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 Range 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 Armour Number of aircraft carried up to 24 Fate of carrier Scrapped at Kaohsiung 1972 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers: HMS Chaser 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