Escort Carrier
Ex USS Prince William 
AVG 19 - ACV 19 - CVE 19


HMS Striker was built in the USA by Western Pipe & Steel, San Fransisco as USS Prince William AVG 19 - ACV 19 - CVE 19, laid down 15 December 1941, and launched 7 May 1942. She was transferred to the Royal Navy on 28 April 1943, and commissioned 29 April 1943.

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. Once the ships were ready for action they soon proved themselves, both as convoy escorts and fighter support ships for amphibious landings.

Striker's service career was as an Atlantic convoy escort 1943-44, operations in Norway 1944 providing air cover for Home Fleet air strikes.

On 30 October 1944 she sailed to Australia with 618 RAF Mosquito squadron embarked for mine-laying operations against Japanese shipping. Arriving in Melbourne 23 December 1944, she joined the British Pacific Fleet early in 1945 as escort for the Fleet Train.  She operated as a ferry carrier throughout 1945, where on 9 July 1945, HMS Striker, Arbiter and Glenarthney were joined by HMAS Nizam and HMAS Napier, forming Task Unit 112.2.6, and proceeded to the Service area. Striker was acting as a light carrier which supplied the main fleet carriers with aircraft for the assault on Japan.

Model of Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc, NF694, flown by Sub-Lieutenant P.A.Clark from HMS Striker, 1944

On 19 July 1945, this Force was joined by HMS Indefatigable, escorted by destroyers Wrangler and Wakeful, and on 20 July 1945 met up with Task Unit 57. Striker replenished the aircraft for Indefatigable, and then HMAS Nizam escorted Striker back to Manus, arriving on 27 July 1945. The Air Strikes from Indefatigable against Tokyo were then flown on 9 and 10 August 1945, when no opposition was encountered, and continued until 13 August 1945.

Striker was returned to the USN on 12 February 1946 and scrapped at Baltimore.

Battle Honours
Atlantic 1943 - 4, Arctic 1944, Norway 1944, Okinawa 1945

Captain Carne, Royal Navy (1943)

Squadrons and Aircraft

FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type
824 Oct 1943-Oct 1944 Sea Hurricane IIc/Wildcat V

Associations and Reunions
Hi ..Shipmates this is great..Served on the following ships WW 2.Hms Sheffield..Hms Striker..HMS Smiter..HMS
Ranee..Splice the main brace!..Russian Convoys..Atlantic And Pacific Combat areas!
CPO.Keith Livermore..R.N. Retired <>
Charleston, SC USA - Sunday, April 23, 2000 at 18:26:25 (CDT)

Carrier name HMS Striker
Ex as USS Prince William AVG-19
Class Attacker
Type Escort Carrier (US built)
Ships in Class Attacker, Battler, Chaser, Fencer, Hunter, Pursuer, Ravager, Searcher, Stalker, Striker, Tracker
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 1946 Baltimore
 NavSource Photo Archives Escort Carriers: HMS Striker
Career History: Striker in RN Ships: Attacker Class by British Brief career history of Striker
Technical Details of HMAS NIZAM  'N' Class Destroyer Australian Government website information on HMAS Nizam which supported Striker in the BPF in 1945
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)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639

World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway
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