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Build completed and transferred to RN
and commissioned for service as HMS
After trials and shakedown this ship was
retained for use as an Accommodation
(Note : This was found necessary because
of difficulties in providing personnel
UK Manning Depots for ships being built
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Deployment as an Accommodation ship in
Accommodation deployment terminated.
Took passage to Esquimalt for
modifications to suit Royal Navy use.
Taken in hand by HM Canadian Dockyard,
(Note : Work was put out to contract and
carried out by a commercial engineering
organisation which had limited
experience in ship work and standards
Carried some sea trials and preparation
for ocean passage.
Sailed from Vancouver for Norfolk Va via
Arrived at Norfolk Navy Yard.
Nominated for service in Western
Approaches Command as a Ferry Carrier.
Embarked US aircraft for delivery to
Sailed for South Africa,
Disembarked aircraft in South Africa.
Took return passage to Norfolk.
Deployed at Norfolk
Took passage to Clyde.
Arrived in Clyde.
Deployment as Ferry carrier in
Embarked aircraft for delivery to Port
Sailed from Clyde as part of outward
Called at Gibraltar
Disembarked aircraft at Port Said.
Sailed from Port Said for return passage
Sailed from Gibraltar for Clyde
Took passage to Norfolk Va
Sailed from Norfolk with CORSAIR
aircraft for transport to UK.
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Disembarked aircraft at Belfast.
During passage from Belfast hit by
torpedo fired from U482 in Clyde
Position 55-10N 05.30W.
Sustained major damage with 10
List - note
Taken in tow to Greenock.
On survey declared to be a constructive
Paid off and laid up at Faslane after
de-storing and removal of any British
Under Care and Maintenance at Faslane.
(Note : Pennant Number R316 had been
allocated for use when deployed to
with US Navy identity for this type of
warship if ship were to be deployed with
British Pacific Fleet.)