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Ameer Class, British Escort Carriers


Photograph of HMS Ameer

Imperial War Museum. Via Wikipedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 11,400 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 494'9" by 69'6" by 23'
150.80m by 21.18m by 7.01m
Maximum speed       18 knots
Complement 646
Aircraft 439'11" (134.09m) flight deck
1 catapult
2 elevators
20 aircraft
Armament 2 5"/38 dual-purpose guns
8x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
10 to 28 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft General Electric geared turbine (8500 shp)
2 Foster Wheeler boilers
Bunkerage 3100 tons fuel oil
35,000 gallons (132,000 liters) aviation gasoline
Sensors
SK air search radar
SG surface search radar

The Ameers were very similar to the Attackers. However, they were laid down as escort carriers rather than being converted from merchant hulls, were armed with 5"/38 dual-purpose guns, and had a more powerful catapult capable of launching TBF Avengers. In combat, they proved remarkably resistant to underwater damage.

As indicated, the number of 20mm antiaircraft guns shipped varied considerably from unit to unit. In many cases some 20mm guns were replaced with up to four single 40mm guns. Other details varied depending on whether the ships were to be used for escort, as strike/CAP carriers, or as aircraft ferries. We indicate which was the case in the table below.


Units in the Pacific

Begum     
Arrived 1944-3
ASW
Shaw
Arrived 1944-3
ASW
Rajah
Arrived 1944-3
Aircraft transport
Atheling     
Arrived 1944-5
ASW
Ameer     
Arrived 1944-7
Strike/CAP
Trouncer
Arrived 1944
Aircraft transport
Emperor     
Arrived 1945-1
Strike/CAP
Empress
Arrived 1945-1?
Strike/CAP
Arbiter
Arrived 1945-1
Aircraft transport
Khedive
Arrived 1945-4-8     
Strike/CAP
Speaker Arrived 1945-4 Strike/CAP
Slinger    
Arrived 1945-5
Aircraft transport
Trumpeter     
Arrived 1945-5
ASW
Ruler
Arrived 1945-5
Strike/CAP
Patroller
Arrived 1945
Aircraft transport
Ranee
Arrived 1945
Aircraft transport
Reaper
Arrived 1945
Aircraft transport

References

Chesneau (1992)

Friedman (1983)

Worth (2001)



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