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AIRCRAFT CARRYING SHIPS

CHARGER escort aircraft carrier (1942)

Charger 1942

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
AVG30, 8/1942- ACV30, 7/1943- CVE30 Charger (ex-BAVG4, ex-Rio de la Plata) 188 Sun SB, Chester // Newport News 19/1/1940 1/3/1941 3/3/1942 stricken 3/1946

 

Displacement standard, t

11800

Displacement full, t

16000

Length, m

141.7 wl 150.0 oa

Breadth, m

21.2 wl 33.9 oa

Draught, m

7.66 full load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

2 Sun-Doxford diesels

Power, h. p.

8500

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 3061

Endurance, nm (kts) 26340(15)

Armament

1 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 2 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 20, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 36 aircraft (F2A Buffalo fighters, SOC Seagull reconnaissance planes)

Sensors

SC radar

Complement

856

Charger  Aircraft facilities (fd - 3,189 m², ha - 493 m² / 2,615 m³): Flight deck: 134.0 x 23.8 m. Hangar: 29.9 x 16.5 x 5.3 m. There was 1 elevator in the center line (3.4 t, 11.6 x 10.4 m). There was 1 H 2 catapult. Aircraft fuel stowage: 341 000 l.   

Year fighters reconnaissance planes
     

Ship project history: One of five Archer class ships, built in the USA by UK order. 4/10/1940, already after launching, decision was accepted to leave one ship in the USA and to use her for British naval pilots training. Ship was commissioned by RN 2/10/1941 and 4/10/1941 returned under USN flag with British name. Charger was converted from cargo m/s Rio de la Plata (-3 type). Structurally she was very much close to Long Island, but had increased flight deck, small island superstructure and a smaller aviation petrol stowage. Simultaneously the fuel stowage was increased more than twice, at the expense of the disappeared necessity to load the lead ballast as it should be made on Long Island.

Modernizations:  None.

1/1946: 1 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 2 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 11, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 36 aircraft, SC radar

Naval service: No significant events.

Charger 1945

Ivan Gogin, 2014