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HMS D.40 Searcher

HMS D.40 Searcher (Bogue/Attacker Class)
General Details
Nationality American-British
Type Escort Aircraft Carrier
Builder Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Washington, USA
Laid down 20 February 1942
Launched 20 June 1942
Commissioned 7 April 1943 (RN)
Fate Ex-CVE.22
Ex-ACV.22
Ex-AVG.22
Ex merchantile unnamed
Acquired (USN) 27 July 1942 and redesignated AVG.22
Redesignated ACV.22, 20 August 1942
Lend lease to UK 7 April 1943
Redesignated (USN) CVE.22, 15 July 1943
Returned to USN 29 November 1945
Stricken 7 February 1946
Sold into merchant service and renamed Theo. In 1965 renamed as Oriental Banker.
Sold for scrap 1976 and the scrapping started 21. April 1976.
Displacement
Standard 11.420 tons
Full Load 15.390 tons
14.170 tons
Ballast Approx. 300 tons low in ship to offset added top weight
Dimensions
Lenght (waterline) N/A
Lenght (Overall) 495.67' or 492'
Beam 69.5'
Draft 25.5' or 24.67'
Flight Deck Length 466.67' or 465'
Flight Deck Width 78.45' or 75'
Height of flight deck above water 48'
Elevators etc Fore and aft;
9 hydraulic arrestor wires;
3 barriers abreast the island bridge structure.
Armament
Main Gun 2 x 5"/38 cal DP (2 x 1)
Heavy AA 16 x 40 mm Bofors (8 x 2)
Light AA 20 x 20 mm Mk 5 Oerlikons (20 x 1)
Radars (in UK service)
Air Search Type 291 ./44
Surface Search Type 132
Type 272 A/S
Type 86TBS aerials (111' above waterline)
Navigation N/A
Fire Control N/A
Propulsion
Boilers 2 F.W. Type "D" 285 psi 577F or 4 Admiralty 3 drum
Turbines 1 Allis-Chalmers or Westinghouse steam 85 rpm Parsons geared
Shafts 1
Horsepower 8,500-9,350 shp
Endurance 26,340 nm at 15 knots (service)
23,664 nm at 17 knts
Fuel 3,459 tons
Gasoline Storage 196,091 gallons in 4 tanks (normally only 1 in use)
Speed 31 knots
Complement
Usual 908 Navy & Air Wing