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CountryUnited Kingdom
Ship ClassRuler-class Escort Carrier
BuilderSeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA
Laid Down26 Apr 1943
Launched9 Sep 1943
Commissioned31 Dec 1943
Displacement8,333 tons standard; 14,000 tons full
Length496 feet
Beam69 feet
Draft23 feet
Machinery2 x Foster-Wheeler boilers; 2 x Westinghouse geared turbines, 1 shaft
Power Output8,500 shaft horsepower
Speed18 knots
ArmamentGun 2 x 1 x 5"/38-cal DP 8 x 2 x 40mm AA 27-35 x 1 x 20mm AA


ww2dbaseThe HMS Arbiter was a Ruler-class escort carrier built by the United States and transferred to the Royal Navy. She first saw service in the Atlantic, then assigned to the task of transporting CAP fighters in the Pacific. She participated in air strikes on Japan alongside of US Third Fleet.

ww2dbaseShe returned to the United States on 3 Mar 1946 and was renamed several times (Coracero 1948, President Macapagal 1964, Lucky Two 1971) before being scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1972.

ww2dbaseSource: Fleet Air Arm Archive

Last Major Revision: Feb 2005

Arbiter Operational Timeline

31 Dec 1943 Arbiter was commissioned into service.

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1. stephanie hannam( nee)hayes says:
13 Feb 2015 09:03:40 AM

My father Charles William Hayes was a member of this ships crew.Any information about his time on board would be greatly appreciated.Many Thanks

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