Escort Carrier

Ex USS Mclure AVG 45 - ACV 45 - CVE 45
Ex USS Prince
Became Drente 1948, Lambros 1966, Ulisse/Ulysses 1969 


HMS Rajah (D-10) was a Ruler class escort carrier built in the USA at Seattle-Tacoma as USS Mclure AVG 45 - ACV 45 - CVE 45. Designation changed from AVG to ACV 20 August 1942, changed from ACV to CVE on 15 July 1943. She was laid down on 17 December 1942, and launched 18 May 1943, completed by Wiliamette, and was later renamed USS Prince on 13 December 1943. She was transferred to the Royal Navy on 17 January 1944 and commissioned the same day as HMS Rajah.

The Ruler class ships were 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 Rajah's main wartime duties included ferry and transport activities in which she acted as a general purpose carrier, serving in the far east in the British Pacific Fleet for most of the war, arriving at Cochin 9 October 1944.

Rajah was returned to the USN on 13 December 1946, became mercantile Drente 1948, Lambros 1966, and Ulisse/Ulysses 1969. Sold and scrapped Spain 1975.

Battle Honours
Pacific 1944-1945

No information on Captains.

Squadrons and Aircraft

FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type
888 Sept -Oct 1944 Hellcat II

Associations and Reunions
No information

Carrier name HMS Rajah
Ex USS Mclure ACV/AGV-45, later USS Prince. 
became mercantile Drente 1948, Lambros 1966, and Ulisse 1969. 
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 17 December 1942, Launched 18 May 1943. Transferred 17 January 1944, Commissioned 17 January 1944
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  Sold and scrapped Spain 1975

World Aircraft Carriers List: US Escort Carriers, C3
Hulls Revised 17 July 2000 Version 2.03 Compiled and Maintained by: Andrew Toppan
NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive CVE-45 HMS RAJA(Ex- CVE-45 PRINCE) CLASS - BOGUE  
King's College London 
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives 
LAVENDER, Cdr Peter (d 1980) 
Reference code: GB99 KCLMA Lavender 
Notebook containing telegrams transmitted from and received by HMS RAJAH, 1944, and notes on transmitting equipment and mechanical supplies, [1944]. 
Escort Carriers of World War Two - by Poolman, Kenneth (1989). Published by Arms & Armour. ISBN 0853689520
        Last Modified: 23-2-2001


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