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(later CVE-7)

Contributed by Tommy Trampp

Battle Honours

Atlantic 1943-1944 — Salerno 1943 — South France 1944 — Aegean 1944

Attacker (US Bogue) Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Returned to US Stricken
- 7 Apr 1941 27 Sep 1941 30 Sep 1942 5 Jan 1946 26 Feb 1946
Builder: Western Pipe & Steel Corporation, San Francisco, Calif.

(As converted, 1942)
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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Barnes Sound

AVG-7 was named Barnes, for a sound located on the southern tip of the state of Florida (NS0300725, map courtesy of Google Maps).

Reallocated to the United Kingdom on 1 March 1942, she was reclassified a British auxiliary aircraft carrier and redesignated BACV-7 on 20 August 1942. Delivered to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 30 September 1942, the ship was commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Attacker (D02). An "Attacker" is one who assaults or assails an opponent—the butting ram in the ship's badge design is an illustration of this act. (Image of the ship's badge courtesy of Tommy Trampp.)

"The original design suggested by the ship's officers depicted a stylised seahorse, having the head and neck of a horse, the body and tail of a griffon with feathered wigs and two hind legs with talons. Volant, ready to dive. It also carried the unofficial motto 'Oppugnare, vincere est'—['To attack is to win.'] A bronze cast of this design was made by her builder and was displayed on the quaterdeck until the official design was approved in 1943." (Text courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers.)

Ship's Badge
Steel Artisan
Steel Artisan

Views of the launching of Steel Artisan, a C3SA1 cargo vessel, on 27 September 1941 at Western Pipe and Steel, South San Francisco yard. She was sponsored by Mrs. William A. Ross, wife of the president of Columbia Steel Company, the Pacific Coast subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation.

Steel Artisan was taken over by the Navy and thereafter became Barnes, then HMS Attacker in World War II.

Photo series by Horace Bristol, LIFE magazine. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.

John Chiquoine
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ACV-7. Plan view, superstructure amidships. Completion. San Francisco, Cal., 26 November 1942 (photo # 7269-42).

Source: Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files, NARA San Francisco.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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65k Showing details of this class. Note longer hangar deck than the Long Island-class and longer flight deck and addition of island. IWM
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Barnes (CVE-7) as HMS Attacker, underway shortly after commissioning. Note the Swordfish strike aircraft in front of the aft lift. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of A.D. Baker III.

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

Joe Radigan
Larger copy submitted by Robert Hurst
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Barnes (CVE-7) as HMS Attacker.

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

Derick S. Hartshorn
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HMS Attacker underway, date and location unknown (FAAM CARS A/126).

From The Fleet Air Arm Handbook, by David Wragg.

Robert Hurst
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Burial at sea of a rating struck by an aircraft propeller while working on the flight deck of HMS Attacker. Photo FAAM CARS/238.

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

Robert Hurst
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HMS Attacker (D02) at anchor at Greenock, Scotland. Note the two crewmen standing at the end of the flight deck. Photo taken by Lt S. J. Beadell, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 17507 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.

Robert Hurst
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HMS Attacker (D02), ex-Barnes (ACV-7), underway on 12 November 1942. Division of Naval Intelligence, Identification and Characteristics Section, June 1943.

Courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers
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159k Port forward quarter view of HMS Attacker, ex-Barnes (ACV-7), at anchor in San Francisco Bay on 13 November 1942. US Navy photo #7042-42. Darryl Baker
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Port broadside view of HMS Attacker, ex-Barnes (ACV-7), at anchor in San Francisco Bay on 13 November 1942. US Navy photo #7043-42.

A Swordfish of 838 Naval Air Squadron can be seen on deck. 838 NAS operated four Swordfish Mk.I and was based at US Naval Air Station Alameda in preparation for Attacker entering service as soon as possible after her completion. The Squadron officially joined Attacker for operational duties on December 12, when the ship sailed for the Panama Canal. (Thanks to Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers, who provided this information.)

Darryl Baker
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Picture of a Swordfish Mk II (HS547) of No.886 Squadron, as it powers away, having for some reason abandoned an attempt to land on the flight deck of the escort carrier HMS Attacker; the safety barrier is raised and flight-deck personnel are keeping their heads well down. Photo courtesy Philip Jarrett.

Photo and text from Swordfish: From The Cockpit, by Donald Payne.

Robert Hurst
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Picture of a Supermarine Seafire L.Mk.IIC belonging to No.879 Sqd., that has flipped over on to its back after a landing accident onboard the escort aircraft carrier HMS Attacker (D02). In this case, the aircraft has missed two other Seafires ranged on the flight deck for ready take-off. Photograph probably taken in the Mediterranean circa July 1943. Photo courtesy Rick Harding Collection.

Photo and text from Supermarine Seafire by Kev Darling.

Robert Hurst
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HMS Attacker (D02), ex-Barnes (ACV-7), tied up to a mooring buoy, circa 1944, location unknown. After participating in the invasion of Southern France and a sweep into the Aegean Sea, Attacker became involved in carrying aircraft to the East Indies Fleet, based at Trincomalee, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). She can be seen loaded with Supermarine Seafires, which appear to have been painted with East Indies Fleet recognition markings around the wings. Note the resupply barge moored alongside.

Photo and text from 100 Years of British Naval Aviation, by Christopher Shores.

Robert Hurst
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HMS Attacker at anchor in Bangor Bay, Northern Ireland, March 1944. Imperial War Museum photo (# FL 1185).

Text courtesy of Tony Drury, Royal Navy Escort Carriers.

Robert Hurst
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View from the escort carrier HMS Pursuer (D73) of other assault carriers in the force which took part in the landings in the south of France on 15 August 1944. Leading are HMS Attacker (D02) and HMS Khedive (D62). Three Grumman Wildcats can be seen parked on the edge of Pursuer's flight deck. Photo taken by Lt. J.A. Hampton, Royal Navy Official photographer. Photo # A 25184 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Robert Hurst
Commercial Service
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Four undated images of immigrant and cruise ship Fairsky (ex-Castel Forte, ex-Castelforte, ex-HMS Attacker, ex-US Navy Barnes, ex-Steel Artisan), locations unknown.

Used by kind permission of Reuben Goosens,,
via Robert Hurst
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188k Passenger liner Fairsky, c.1965. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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Passenger liner Fairsky. Auckland, New Zealand, c.1970s.

Chris Howell
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Fairsky, from an early 1970's Sitmar Line promotional brochure.

Courtesy of Maritime Timetable Images, via Tommy Trampp
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Passenger liner Fairsky, Liberian registry. Auckland, New Zealand, 1975.

Photo by Mike Cornwall,
via Chris Howell

Read the Barnes (ACV-7 / CVE-7)  /  HMS Attacker (D02) DANFS History entry

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages by Andrew Toppan.
HMS Attacker, at the Royal Navy Escort Carriers website, by Tony Drury.

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