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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY A B SHIPS

15)ATHENE (ACFT TRANSP. VESSEL)



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Completed: 1940


Displacement: 10,700 tons


Length: 487, 75 ft


Beam: 63 ft


Draught: 28,5 ft


Propulsion: Steam reciprocating with LP turbines, 8,300 bhp


Armament: 1 x 4 inch LA, 1 x 4 inch DP, 2 x 2 pounder AA, 12 x 20 mm AA


Speed: 17 kts


Aircraft carried: Up to 40 carried, single catapult


HMS Athene and her sister HMS Engadine were both deployed at Takoradi and Capetown for aircraft transportation in RAF bases along African coast.


She was originally built as the Cameron Class Steamer Clan Brodie, for the Clan Line at the yards of the Greenock GrangemouthDockyardCompany (Greenockk, Scotland.) She was requisitioned by the Navy and was launched on 1 October 1940 as the aircraft transport HMS Athene. Athene operated as a Seaplane Carrier in the South Atlantic over 1942/43. She was fitted with a single catapult.


She survived the war and was sold back to the Clan Line in 1946. They reconverted her for merchant service and used her until 1963, when they sold her for scrapping. She arrived in Hong Kong for breaking up on 19 July 1963.


By www.wikipedia.org 


 

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