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ESTERO (CVE-42)  /  HMS PREMIER (D23)


Contributed by Tommy Trampp



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943 — Norway 1944 — Arctic 1941–44
CLASS - BOGUE
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.

Ruler (US Bogue/Prince William) Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Returned to US Stricken
- 31 Oct 1942 22 Mar 1943 3 Nov 1943 12 Apr 1946 21 May 1946
Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash.
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Estero Island
NS0304209
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AVG-42 was named Estero for an island off the coast of Florida (NS0304209, courtesy of Google Maps.)

She was transferred to the Royal Navy on 3 November 1943 and renamed Premier. The ship's badge (NS0304208, courtesy of Tommy Trampp) reflects the prime qualities of pure gold, strength of steel, and the integrity of silence and honesty—the Bezant is a gold coin, the Billet a steel bar, and the Rose is an ancient symbol of purity.

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NS0304208
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Estero  /  HMS Premier (D23)
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier
NS0304207
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HMS Premier (D23) moored to buoy at Greenock, Scotland, 23 March 1943. Photo taken by Lt S. J. Beadell, Official Royal Navy photographer. Photo No. A22526 from the Imperial War Museum Collection No. 4700-.

Robert Hurst
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier
NS0304207a
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HMS Premier (D23) moored to buoy at Greenock, Scotland, 23 March 1943. Photo taken by Lt S. J. Beadell, Official Royal Navy photographer.

Imperial War Museums Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 22527).

Mike Green
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier
NS0304201
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HMS Premier, February 1944 (thanks to Robert Hurst). Place unknown.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier
NS0304205
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HMS Premier taking on stores using her starboard "A" frame hoist, circa 1945.

Photo: CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum, VR999.693.25.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
Estero (CVE-42)/HMS Premier
NS0304206
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This photo of HMS Premier was probably taken at Norfolk in the spring of 1946. She might had already been returned to U.S. custody by the time this picture was taken.

From the collection of RM1c Dale Magnus, USN (Ret.), a Pearl Harbor Survivor. In the spring of 1946 Dale was assigned to USS Mindoro (CVE-120).

Dale Magnus,
via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of "Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific."
Commercial Service
ex-CVE-42
NS0304202
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Rhodesia Star, ex-HMS Premier, leaving Bremen, Germany, March 1965.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
ex-CVE-42
NS0304203
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Rhodesia Star, ex-HMS Premier, in the Weser River, Bremen, Germany, September 1966.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
ex-CVE-42
NS0304204
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Rhodesia Star anchored off Southend.

David Nixon

Read the ESTERO (CVE-42) / HMS PREMIER (D23) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages by Andrew Toppan.
A History of HMS Premier by Tony Drury.

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