HMS Emperor (1943) CVE  (2nd)

This the second ship to carry the name HMS Emperor was a Ruler Class (1942) escort aircraft carrier. Built for the US Navy as USS Pybus, CVE 34, and transferred to the Royal Navy under lease-lend terms.

Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, laid down 23-Jun-1942, launched 07-Oct-1942, completed 31-May-1943, and entered service with the US Navy.

Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned 06-Aug-1943.

Following modifications to meet Royal Navy requirements was allocated to the Home Fleet 18-Mar-1944.

Operations in the Norwegian area followed until May-1944 when she served in the Western Approaches Command area. Took part in D-Day operations and deployed to the Mediterranean Jul-1944 to take part in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of South France.

Operated in the Eastern Mediterranean / Aegean area from Sep to Nov-1944, then returned to the UK for refit at Newport.

Sailed 01-Mar-1945 to join the Eastern Fleet. Assisted with the re-occupation of Singapore following the end of the war with Japan.

Arrived at the Clyde for de-storing 04-Dec-1945.

Returned to the US Navy at Norfolk, Virginia 12-Feb-1946.

Later sold for scrapping.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1943-44, Norway 1944, Normandy 1944, South France 1944, Aegean 1944, Malaya 1945, Burma 1945 and East Indies 1945.


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This page last edited - 29 May, 2012.

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