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As a member of the Ruler Class, Nabob was one of the third group of escort carriers built in the USA for the Royal Navy, and were generally similar to the preceding "Attacker" Class. The modifications carried out to the earlier class after their arrival in the UK were incorporated in the "Ruler" Class during construction. Many of the class were used as amphibious support carriers, taking part in the invasion of Southern France. Others supported Eastern Fleet operations against Burma and Malaya, and some served with the British Pacific Fleet as escorts for the Fleet Train.
Nabob's wartime service career: She wore pennant D77 until paid off 30 September 1944. Nabob was torpedoed by a German submarine while returning from a strike against the Tirpitz (Operation Goodwood), and as Arctic convoy escort in Barents Sea 22 August 1944, and was so badly damaged that she was paid off shortly thereafter, being deemed beyond economical repair and decommissioned 10 October 1944.
Returned to USN 16 March 1945. Became mercantile Nabob 1948, Glory 1967. Scrapped 1977.
Ruler - class Escort Carrier RCN 1943 - 4: war service includes Atlantic and Arctic, torpedoed by U-354 22 Aug 1944 off North Cape but returned home.
No information on Captains.
Squadrons and Aircraft
FAA squadrons embarked Dates Aircraft type 852 Feb-Aug 1944 Avenger I/Wildcat V 856 dt Aug 1944 Avenger II
Associations and Reunions
HMS Nabob/852 Naval Air Squadron (1944) Reunion
Reunion at Comet Hotel, Hatfield. Contact details via FAAOA
The association also has a 8mm colour film of HMS Nabob filmed by the Ship's surgeon in August 1944
Carrier name HMS Nabob
Ex USS Edisto ACV/AVG-41
Became mercantile Nabob 1948, Glory 1967
Class Ruler Type Escort Carrier (US built) Ships in Class Ameer, Arbiter, Atheling, Begum, Emperor, Empress, Khedive, Nabob, Patroller, Premier, Puncher, Queen, Rajah, Ranee, Reaper, Ruler, Shah, Slinger, Smiter, Speaker, Thane, Trouncer, Trumpeter Launched Laid down 20 Oct 1942. Launched 22 March 1943. Transferred 7 Sept 1943, Commissioned 7 Sept 1943 Tonnage 8,333 tons
Gross displacement 14,000 tons
Load 5667 tons
Engines 2 x Foster-Wheeler boilers; 2 x Westinghouse geared turbines at 8500 shp, 1 shaft Speed in Knots 18 knots Armament Gun 2 x 1 x 5"/38-cal DP 8 x 2 x 40mm AA 27-35 x 1 x 20mm AA Crew Complement 646 Officers & Ratings including Air Group Range Length (ft/inches) 496 Beam (ft/inches) 69' 6" Draught (ft/inches) 23'3" Flight Deck length (ft/inches) 470' Flight Deck width (ft/inches) 70' Armour Number of aircraft carried 18-24 Fate of carrier Scrapped 1977 Notes
FURTHER INFORMATION The association has an 8mm colour film of HMS Nabob filmed by the Ship's surgeon in August 1944 Navsource Photo Archives: HMS Nabob Canadian history of the Carrier Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS Aircraft Profiles including GENERAL MOTORS WILDCAT Mk.V, 852 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, H.M.S. Nabob, May 1944, GRUMMAN AVENGER T.B. Mk.I, 852 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, H.M.S. Nabob, March 1944 Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8
The World’s Warships 1941 by Francis E. McMurtrie (1944). Janes London 1941 1st ed.
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II by Francis E. McMurtrie (Editor)(1984). 320 pages. Crescent Books; ISBN: 0517679639
World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway