HMS Activity (1942) CVE  (1st)

This the only ship to carry the name HMS Activity was an escort aircraft carrier.

Originally the merchant vessel Telemachus, conversion launched 30-May-1942, and commissioned 29-Sep-1942 as Empire Activity, later renamed Activity. Was 475ft long, 66ft 6in wide and displacing 11,800 tons. Armed with 2 x 4in guns and carried 15 aircraft.

Went to Rosyth to have Admiralty items fitted and completed 14-Oct-1942.

Went to Western Approaches Command as a deck landing training carrier from Jan-1943 until Oct-1943. Then refitted at Liverpool Oct-43 to Jan-1944.

Served as convoy escort until Aug-1944 when she was designated a ferry carrier.

Completed two ferry trips to the Far East from the UK and was then allocated to the East Indies Fleet for aircraft ferry duties Jan-1945.

Was present at Singapore 12-Sep-1945 for the Japanese surrender there.

Returned to the UK to be de-stored Oct-1945 and put into reserve.

Sold 25-Apr-1946 for conversion back to a merchant ship and renamed Breconshire.

Broken up in Japan 24-Apr-1967.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1944 and Arctic 1944.


- British Built CVE
- HMS Activity Specifications
- Ships
- Plans/Schematics
- Pictures
- Full Battle Honours

Outside Links
- Official Website
- Associated Sites
- Related Sites

This page last edited - 13 June, 2012.

Copyright Ian M King, except where otherwise indicated.