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Battle Honours

Aegean 1944 — South France 1944 — East Indies 1945 — Burma 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: 1948: Converted to a cargo ship, renamed Rempang (Dutch flag). 1968: Daphne. 1976: Scrapped at Gandía, Spain.

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HMS Khedive (D62)
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

HMS Khedive. Date and place unknown.

Haze Gray & Underway
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

Undated photo of HMS Khedive (D62) underway at Greenock, Scotland, Captain H.J. Haynes RN in command.

Source: Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection by Beadell, S.J. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM(A 22596).

Mike Green
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

HMS Khedive at anchor, Greece, 1944.

(Thanks to Tony Drury for the identification).

Photo from the album of George Chisholm.
Submitted by his son, John
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

A picture of the escort carrier HMS Khedive (D62, ex-U.S. Cordova, CVE-39), which shows Supermarine Seafire F.Mk.III (LR856) of No.899 Squadron after nosing over and destroying its propeller[, 1944?]. This is one of those pictures which have given the Seafire a bad name. Photo FAAM Yeovilton.

Photo and text from Supermarine Seafire, by Kev Darling.

Robert Hurst
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

British officers from HMS Khedive (D62, ex-U.S. Cordova, CVE-39) entertain King Farouk of Egypt, with a Seafire providing a backdrop, while anchored at Alexandria[, 1944]. Note the battledress worn by Lt. Cdr. George Baldwin, second row, second from right, and the captain, front row, right, with wings, an unusual distinction for such a senior officer at this stage. Imperial War Museum. Photo No.A28114.

Photo and text from The Fleet Air Arm Handbook, by David Wragg.

Robert Hurst
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

Escort carrier HMS Khedive (D62) underway in British coastal waters, 19 March 1944. Photo by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Imperial War Museum. Photo # FL 14356.

Robert Hurst
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

HMS Khedive (D62) anchored at Greenock, Scotland on 27 March 1944.

Source: Imperial War Museums Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadell, S.J. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 22497).

Mike Green
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

A Royal Navy Vought Corsair Mk.II on an outrigger aboard the escort carrier HMS Khedive (D62) in the Indian Ocean in 1945. Khedive did not operate the Corsair, but the Grumman Hellcat. Photo taken by unknown Royal Navy official photographer.

Photo No. A 29037 from the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

HMS Khedive just inside the breakwater entrance of the Grand Harbour in Malta. In the background of this photo lies Fort St. Michael (although somewhat obscured by the carrier's emission) whilst the breakwater arm on this side of Fort St. Michael is quite recognisable. This picture was possibly taken in late 1945. (Thanks to Noel Paris, who provided additional info).

Robert Hurst
Jeremy Arter Collection
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

Jeremy explains: "My father was Chaplain aboard HMS Khedive from 1944, after training at Torpoint and HMS Raleigh from Nov 1943."

"Like many of his generation, he hardly spoke about his war. I know that he joined the ship before it left for the Clyde and that he experienced being under air attack. Whether or not he took these photos, I do not know — so have no idea how they may have been taken — official / unofficial."


"Another wrecked Hellcat."

Jeremy Arter
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

"Both Naval Chaplains, the Arter brothers — James on right of picture — meet during wartime in Trincomalee, Ceylon."

CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

"Deck hockey."

CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

"Family archives."

CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

"Gift from Jap POW in Changi jail where Dad did duty as Chaplain."

Commercial Service
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

Ex-HMS Khedive as Rempang (Dutch flag) in the Weser River, Bremen, Germany, April 1964.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller‑Debus
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

Newspaper picture showing the Dutch vessel Rempang, ex-Cordova, ex-HMS Khedive, working cargo in Bremen, Germany, in August 1965.

Gerhard Mueller‑Debus
CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive

Sold to Panama and renamed Daphne.

Tommy Trampp

Read the CORDOVA (CVE-39) / HMS KHEDIVE (D62) DANFS History entry

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