"She stoops to conquer"


Pennant Number:

D 05


Battle Honours:

Atlantic 1943-45
Arctic 1944-45
Norway 1944-45




John Brown Shipbuilding,



17,210 tons

length (Overall):

 528ft 6in




 17 knots

Crew Complement:


A/C Capacity:


Commanding Officers:

Capt. R.M.T. Taylor
Jul 43 - Jun 44




Capt. V. N. Surtees DSO
Jul 44 -Jun 45




Capt. G. H. Beale DSO OBE
Aug 45 - Mar 46



Feb-March 44


Dec 43-Sept 44
Swordfish III/Sea Hurricane IIc


Sept 44-March 45
Swordfish III/Wildcat IV


Oct-Nov 45
Barracuda III




A History of HMS NAIRANA



Starboard broadside  view of HMS NAIRANA.



Built by John Brown. Laid down ???, converted prior to completion, launched 20 May 1943, commissioned 26 November 1943, Captain Raymond Maurice Trevelyan TAYLOR in command.


Operated as in a hunter-killer group and on Russia convoys.


January 28th 1944 Tracker, with Nairana and E.G. 2 covering approaches west of Ireland after U-boat activity reported.


Feb. 1944. Helped homeward bound convoy SL147 from mid-Atlantic to Clyde..

Feb.1944. Escort convoy to Gibraltar and MK529 home.

Mar. 1944. Escort OS72/KMS46 to Gibraltar, and SL154/MKS43 home.

May. 1944. Part of 15th Escort Group in mid-Atlantic shuttling several convoys.

May. 1944. Assisted inward bound SL157/MKS48 then SL158/MKS49.

Jun. 1944. 4th Escort Group to Gibraltar to cover MKF34.

Sep.1944. Homeward bound MKF34 from Gib. Home on 13th September


Loaned to the Netherlands as Karel Doorman (QH 1) and recommissioned 23 March 1946. Returned to RN 28 May 1948 and immediately sold into merchant service as Port Victor.  Scrapped at Faslane starting 7/1971.




A fuller account of this ships history will be added at some time in the future.




Content revised: July 2008

Sources used in compiling this account:

Brown, D. (1974) 'Carrier Operations in World War 2 - vol 1 the Royal Navy' Shepperton, Ian Allen Ltd.

Hobbs, D. (2003) 'Royal Navy Escort Carriers' Liskeard, Maritime Books

Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995) 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994) 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

British officers (including Commonwealth officers serving in British units) Part of WWII Unit Histories and Officers web site.

Casualty Lists of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies, 1922-present A comprehensive resource listing service details of men and women killed in RN and RM service.

Convoy Web A comprehensive resource listing WW2 convoys and ships .

War Sailors Ships in Atlantic and miscellaneous convoys during WW2.


On-line archive various documents including;

Admiralty War Diaries

Miscellaneous documents



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