1 9 4 3
December Contractors trials.
30th Decommissioned by US Navy
31st Build completion and commissioned for
RN service as HMS ARBITER.
1 9 4 4
9th On completion of Acceptance Trials
took passage to Esquimalt, Canada
in hand for modification to suit RN use
out further trials and modifications at Esquimalt.
to (Note: Work was carried out by local company BURRARDS, under contract to the
to East coast of US and prepared for Atlantic crossing.
25th Transit of Panama Canal
AVENGER aircraft destined for 853 Squadron, HELLCAT aircraft destined for 1820
and CORSAIR aircraft destined for 1843 Squadron for transport to UK
aircraft on arrival in Clyde
for modifications to suit RN service
12th Taken in hand for modifications suit to
(Note: These included changes to petrol distribution system
carried out in all US built
Carriers following loss of HMS DASHER in March 1943.
October Under modification
1 9 4 5
Nominated for use as an Aircraft Transport for with British Pacific
out trials in Clyde
1843 Squadron 1843 Squadron aircraft and personnel for passage to Australia
British Pacific Fleet and allocated for duty in Fleet Train (TF112)
to (Note: Pennant Number R303 was allocated
for visual signalling purposes to
June conform with US Navy identity for warships of this type.)
details of function of Fleet Train see THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J. Winton.)
Embarked aircraft for passage to British Forward Base at Manus, Admiralty
(Note: Typical load of aircraft was nine SEAFIRE. seven
AVENGER, six CORSAIR, one
HELLCAT and one FIREFLY aircraft.)
at Manus for replacement aircraft delivery to Fleet Aircraft Carriers of
Task Force 37 carrying out air operations off Japan.
9th Sailed fro Manus
20th Joined British
Logistics Group during Replenishment of Fleet off Japan. for
delivery of aircraft.
(Note: Other Escort Carriers in the Fleet Train at this tine
were HMS RULER and HMS
STRIKER with screen of destroyers and sloops. See above
21st Took return passage to Manus
27th Arrived at Manus.
Nominated for conversion at Manus to allow use as an Auxiliary Oiler. See above reference).
29th Sailed from Manus with replacement aircraft
for delivery to Operational Area.
transport duties in continuation.
6th Joined Logistics
Support Group for delivery during Replenishment of Task Force 37 off Japan.
(Note: HMS CHASER and HMS RULER were also present.)
7th Took passage to
Pacific Fleet ships of Task Force 37 withdrawn from operational area due
to lack of fuel from British sources.
(Note: A Token force was transferred to US Task Force 38 and
off Japan. For
details see above references.)
15th Return passage to Australia via Manus.