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USS BAFFINS   (ACV-35)  /  HMS AMEER   (D01)
(later CVE-35)

Battle Honours

Burma 1944–45 — Malaya 1945
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 495' 8" (oa) x 69' 6" x 26' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/51 4 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 28 Aircraft.
Machinery, 8,500 SHP; Allis-Chambers, Geared Turbines, 1 screw
Speed, 17.5 Knots, Crew 890.
Fate: Stricken, 20 March 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-629, p. 16). 1946: Sold for commercial service. 1948: Converted to cargo ship, renamed Robin Kirk (US flag). October 1969: Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

This photo may have been taken at Burrard's Dry Dock in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where HMS Ameer was modified to Royal Navy standards in the second half of 1943.

(Digitally enhance by Tom Kermen.)

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

Quarter view of the British escort carrier Ameer showing arrangement of the sponsoned 5-inch and 40mm. A.A. guns at the stern, the latter with two directors mounted between them.

Imperial War Museum photo from Navies of the Second World War, by H.T. Lenton (Doubleday & Co., 1968).

Derick S. Hartshorn
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

HMS Ameer (D01, ex-Baffins) tied up in port. Note the considerable overhang of the flight deck. The starboard forecastle 20-mm mount is clearly visible, together with its "stop" rail, fitted to prevent any chance of the weapons being fired towards the carrier's flight deck. Photo courtesy of Ted Ward.

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

Robert Hurst
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

Shown at sea, escorted by a destroyer (this is identified as HMS Raider on the photo, but in fact appears to be HMS Wager (R98)).

CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

HMS Ameer, ex-USS Baffins (CVE-35), tied up to a buoy, with members of her crew painting her sides, date and location unknown.

Photo from The Royal Navy Handbook, 1939–1945, by David Wragg.

Robert Hurst
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

Undated pic of the escort carrier HMS Ameer (D01) refuelling an unidentified RN fleet destroyer, location unknown. Photo courtesy of C.S. "Bill" Drake.

Photo and text from A Century of British Naval Aviation: 1909–2009, by David Wragg.

Robert Hurst
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

Undated picture of Grumman Hellcats F.Mk.II of No. 804 Squadron at the far end of the flight deck of HMS Ameer ready to use the full length of the carrier to help take off when there is little wind. Photo taken by an unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 27343 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

The R.N pilot of a Grumman Hellcat F.Mk.II of No.804 Squadron makes an abortive landing aboard HMS Ameer and powers up to fly around and attempt again after his first approach was too high. Photo taken by an unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 27346 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

HMS Ameer (D01) at anchor at Greenock, Scotland, showing the flight deck crowded with aircraft, on 10 January 1944. Photo by Lieutenant S.J. Beadell, Official Royal Navy photographer. Imperial War Museum: Cat No:A21338.

Robert Hurst
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

An unusual sight in a Far East Harbor. A Grumman Avenger bomber of the Royal Navy is launched into the air from the flight deck of HMS Ameer (D01). Pilots call this method of getting airborne as being "squirted" off.

Source: Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM(A 27964).

Mike Green
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

HMS Ameer, ex-USS Baffins (CVE-35), as part of the British EIF (East Indies Fleet) tied-up at Trincomalee, Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka) on VJ-Day, with Hellcats of No.896 Sqd, FAA embarked (Fleet Air Arm Museum).

Robert Hurst
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

HMS Ameer, possibly at Trincomalee as she is in the false hull camouflage worn in the Far East.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Commercial Service
CVE-35 Baffins / HMS Ameer

SS Robin Kirk, ex-HMS Ameer, ex-USS Baffins (CVE 35), in a US port around 1965. Photo M. Lennon.

Gerhard I. Mueller‑Debus

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