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BRETON   (ACV-10)  /  HMS CHASER   (D32)
(later CVE-10)

Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943 — Arctic 1944 — Okinawa 1945

Attacker (US Bogue) Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Returned to US Stricken
- 28 Jun 1941 19 Jun 1942 9 Apr 1943 12 May 1946 3 Jul 1946
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss.

(As converted, 1943)
Displacement: 7,800 tons standard; 14,170 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 465' x 69.5' x 24' 8"  /  141.7 x 21.2 x 7.5 meters
Dimensions (max.): 495' 8" x 111.5'  /  151.1 x 34 meters
Armor: None
Power plant: 2 boilers (285 psi); 1 steam turbine; 1 shaft; 8,500 shp
Speed: 18+ knots
Endurance: 27,300 nautical miles @ 11 knots
Armament: 2 single 4"/50 gun mounts; 4 twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 8 twin and 10 single 20-mm/70-cal gun mounts
Aircraft: 15+
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult (H 2); 9 arresting wires and 3 barriers
Crew: 646

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HMS Chaser (D32 / R306)
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

HMS Chaser (D32/R306) underway on 20 June 1943, showing single 20-mm guns on her forecastle and twin 40-mm guns in the forward deck-edge sponsons. Three Avenger strike aircraft are ranged aft. U.S. National Archives photo.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers of the World, 1914 to the Present: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, by Roger Chesneau.

Robert Hurst
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser
74k Good overhead showing the stern AA protection and general layout of the flight deck. IWM
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

HMS Chaser, date and location unknown.

Maxim Kaloshkin
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

"Possibly an 835 Sqn. Sea Hurricane on board HMS Chaser 1943. Folded Swordfish of Squadron ahead."

Sidney C. Hart, from his late father's photo collection
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

"Gibraltar Convoy - Sea Hurricane landing (possibly 835 Squadron) on HMS Chaser 1943."

Sidney C. Hart, from his late father's photo collection
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

Taken from the Telegraphist Air Gunner's position in a just launched Swordfish of 835 Squadron, while escorting Russian Convoy JW57 in February 1944. Note her narrow beam.

Larger copy submitted by Gerhard Mueller‑Debus
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

HMS Chaser arriving at Cochin on the Malabar Coast of India, July 1945, with her flight deck packed with Corsairs, Seafires and Avengers. The aircraft were to be delivered to the Reception Unit, Royal Naval Air Station Cochin. Some arrived practically fully assembled lashed to the flight deck. Others arrived in packing cases. Photo taken by unknown Royal Navy photographer. Photo No A 29289 from the Imperial War Museum Collections.

Robert Hurst
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

HMS Chaser as R306, circa 1945.

Photo from the collection of Paul Silverstone.

Hazegray & Underway
Commercial Service
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

A glimpse view of Aagtekerk (ex-Breton, ex-HMS Chaser) working cargo in the port of Bremen, Germany, circa 1954. From an out-of-print port promotion brochure (mid-Fifties).

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

Ex-Breton, ex-HMS Chaser, as Aagtekerk, berthed in Bremen, Germany, in the late 1950s. Published in a Bremen Port promotion brochure in 1960.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-10 Breton/HMS Chaser

Ex-Breton, ex-HMS Chaser, as Aagtekerk (Dutch flag), in Bremerhaven, Germany, April 1967.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

View the Breton (ACV-10 / CVE-10)  /  HMS Chaser (D32)
DANFS History entry located on the Hazegray & Underway Web Site.

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