Class and Type
Attacker Class Escort Carrier
Scale Length Beam
HMS Battler was laid down on 15th April 1941 as an 11,900 ton C3 class freighter Mormacland for the Moore-McCormack lines. She was taken over by the US Navy to be named USS Altmahara, AVG6, and completed as a Bouge Class Aircraft Carrier. This name was cancelled on 17th March 1942 when it was decided that, on completion, she would be transferred to the Royal Navy on loan. She was commissioned as HMS Battler, D18, on 31st October 1942.
Battler was completed with a displacement of 14,170 tons at the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pescagoula, Mississippi USA. She was driven by a single screw Westinghouse turbine and had a service speed of 18 knots. Her Crew complement was 646 and she had an aircraft complement of 20. Aircraft she carried at various times included Swordfish, Wildcats and Seafires.