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NIANTIC (CVE-46)  /  HMS RANEE



Contributed by Tommy Trampp


Battle Honours

Atlantic 1944
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.
Fate: 1948: Converted to a cargo ship, renamed Friesland (Dutch flag). 1967: Pacific Breeze, (C. Y. Tung, Hong Kong). June 1974: Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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Niantic (ACV-46)
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73975.

Daniel Dunham
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73970.

Daniel Dunham
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73968.

Daniel Dunham
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73967.

Daniel Dunham
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73965.

Daniel Dunham
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73964.

Daniel Dunham
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73961.

Daniel Dunham
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73960.

Daniel Dunham
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Launching Niantic, Tacoma, Washington, June 2, 1943.

National Archives photo #80-G-73959.

Daniel Dunham
HMS Ranee (D03)
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Excellent photo of HMS Ranee (D03), ex-Niantic (CVE-46), date and place unknown.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
CVE-46 Niantic/HMS Ranee
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HMS Ranee, ex-Niantic (CVE-46,) underway whilst ferrying the 36 Corsairs (just 32 visible) of 1846 and 1848 Naval Air Squadrons, which are painted in a mix of the old Dark Sea Grey/Dark Slate Grey/Sku scheme and the new Sea Blue Gloss. They were embarked for passage to the UK on October 18, 1944 so this photo must have been taken somewhat later —Ranee joined convoy CU-44, which departed New York for Liverpool on October 22. Note what appears to be a Hellcat just behind the island, and twin 20mm Oerlikons facing the camera at hangar-deck level, beneath island—Ranee and the four preceding CVEs to leave Vancouver had twin 20mm mount upgrades during their modification period.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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HMS Ranee (D03), ex-U.S. Niantic (CVE-46), at anchor, 8 November 1945. Photo Frank and Sons, South Shields, Northumberland, England. Imperial War Museum Photo No: FL 18146.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
Niantic (CVE-46) / HMS Ranee
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HMS Ranee entering Portsmouth in December 1945 following conversion to a Naval Personnel Carrier. She left Portsmouth for Sydney and Colombo on 5 December 1945 under Captain J. A. W. Tothill, DSC., RN, who had taken over command of Ranee on 20 January 1945.

Desmond Field, SBPO,
HMS Ranee,
January 1945-June 1946
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HMS Ranee in Valetta Harbour, Malta, December 1945. She had been converted to a personnel carrier and was engaged in returning service personnel to the UK from the Far East.

Desmond Field, SBPO,
HMS Ranee,
January 1945-June 1946
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A further pic of HMS Ranee in Malta, 1945 taken from Baracca Garden.

Desmond Field, SBPO,
HMS Ranee,
January 1945-June 1946
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Three views of HMS Ranee in dry dock in Portsmouth, undergoing voyage repairs, from 27 February to 27 March 1946.

Desmond Field, SBPO,
HMS Ranee,
January 1945-June 1946
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Returning to HMS Ranee in Colombo, April 1946.

Desmond Field, SBPO,
HMS Ranee,
January 1945-June 1946
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HMS Ranee, ex-Niantic (CVE-46,) as a troopship in 1946, location unknown. Note the covered gun mountings and the life rafts on deck.

Robert Hurst
Commercial Service
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Ex-Niantic, ex-HMS Ranee, as Friesland, Dutch flag. Date and location unknown.

Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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Ex-Niantic, ex-HMS Ranee, as the Panamanian-flagged Pacific Breeze (owned by C. Y. Tung, Hong Kong) in the Malacca Straits, date unknown.

The ship was rebuilt and sold to Rotterdamsche Lloyd in 1947, and renamed Friesland. Sold again in 1967 and renamed Pacific Breeze. Scrapped in Taiwan in 1974.

Original photo by Airfoto Malacca. Submitted by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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Archive picture of the Dutch-flagged Friesland, ex-Niantic (CVE-46), ex-HMS Ranee (D03), Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd.

Submitted by Gerhard Mueller‑Debus

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
HMS Ranee, Royal Navy Escort Carriers, by Tony Drury.

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