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USS Charger (CVE-30)
Class overview
Name: Avenger
Builders: Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
Operators: Royal Navy, US Navy
Preceded by: Sangamon class escort carrier
Succeeded by: Casablanca class escort carrier
Completed: 4
Lost: 2
General characteristics
Type: Escort carrier
Displacement: 15,120 tons full load
Length: 465 ft (142 m)
Beam: 69.5 ft (21.2 m)
Draught: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Propulsion: 6-cylinder Doxford diesel, 1 shaft, 8,500 hp
Speed: 16.5 knots (31 km/h)
Complement: 555
Armament: 3 × 4 in/50 guns
19 × 20 mm AA cannon
Aircraft carried: 15 or 30+
Aviation facilities: ~ 490 ft (150 m) × 78 ft (24 m) flight deck

The Avenger class escort carriers were conversions of C3 merchant freighters into aircraft carriers by the US Navy for the Royal Navy.

Four freighters, the Rio Hudson, Rio Parana, Rio de la Plata and Rio de Janeiro were converted before they had been completed as merchantmen at American dockyards. They were similar in design to HMS Archer which had been converted from a completed freighter. All four were delivered into service with the RN, but one, Charger, was returned not long after delivery and taken into USN service. At the end of the war they were returned to the USN.



 Previous name   Launched   Royal Navy name   Pennant number   Completed   Fate 
Rio Hudson 27 November 1940 Avenger D14 2 March 1942 Sunk by U-155 off Gibraltar on 15 November 1942
Rio Parana 18 December 1940 Biter D97 1 May 1942 Transferred to French Navy as Dixmude on 9 April 1945
Rio de la Plata 1 March 1941 Charger D27 Not transferred Retained by US Navy as USS Charger
Rio de Janeiro 12 April 1941 Dasher D37 1 July 1942 Sunk in internal explosion on 27 March 1943
Sources: Conway's, p. 25

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