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The Nairana class were a small group of escort aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy that saw service during World War II. There were two ships in the class, HMS Nairana and HMS Vindex. A third ship, the HMS Campania was of a similar design, but not officially part of the class. Both ships were originally laid down as merchant vessels, but were completed as escort carriers and entered service in late 1943. They served escorting convoys in the Atlantic and Arctic theatres. Both ships survived the war, the Vindex later being sold for mechant service, and the Nairana being transferred to the Dutch Navy as the Karel Doorman before also becoming a merchant ship. In the early 1970s they were scrapped.

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