HMS Fencer (1943) CVE  (1st)

This the first ship to carry the name HMS Fencer was an escort aircraft carrier.

Built by Western Pipe & Steel Co of San Francisco, launched 04-Apr-1942 as USS Croton. Completed 20-Feb-1943 and commissioned in the US Navy.

Transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease 27-Feb-1943 and renamed. Commissioned into the Royal Navy at San Francisco 01-Mar-1943.

Arrived in the UK May-1943 and allocated to Western Approaches Command. Served in the Atlantic until Mar-1944 when she joined the Home Fleet. Escorted Russian convoys and also served in Norwegian waters until Jul-1944.

Returned to Western Approaches Command until Aug-1944 when she went back to the Home Fleet and served again in Norwegian waters.

Allocated to the British Pacific Fleet 31-Oct-1944 as a ferry carrier and sailed for the Far East. Served there until the end of the war.

Returned to the UK Sep-1945 and converted for trooping duties.

Returned to the US Navy 21-Nov-1946 at Norfolk Virginia.

Sold as a merchant vessel, Sydney. Renamed several times during th1960's and 70's. Broken up for scrap at Spezia 01-Sep-1975.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1943-44, Norway 1944, North Sea 1944 and Arctic 1944.


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- 2nd HMS Fencer

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This page last edited - 21 March, 2013.

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