Escort Carrier 
Ex USS Edisto ACV/AVG-41
Under RCN Commission 1944 (Canada)
Became Nabob 1948, Glory 1967

Aircraft Handlers with Barracuda on HMS Nabob in 1944


Nabob (D-77) was built in USA in Seattle-Tacoma, and originally named USS Edisto ACV/AVG-41. It was laid down 20 October 1942, launched 22 March 1943. It was transferred to the Royal Navy on 7 September 1943 and commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) on 7 September 1943 under RN control.

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.

Battle Honours
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
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'
Number of aircraft carried 18-24
Fate of carrier  Scrapped 1977

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
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