|Class and type:||Aircraft Transport|
|Builder:||Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Company (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Launched:||1 October 1940|
|Out of service:||Returned to the Clan Line in 1946|
|Fate:||Scrapped from 19 July 1963|
|Length:||487.75 ft (148.67 m) (o.a.)|
|Beam:||63 ft (19 m)|
|Draught:||28.5 ft (8.7 m)|
Steam reciprocating with LP turbines|
1 x 4 inch LA, 1 x 4 inch DP|
2 x 2 pounder AA
12 x 20 mm AA
|Aircraft carried:||up to 40 carried, single catapult|
|Notes:||Yard number 444|
HMS Athene was an aircraft transport of the Royal Navy. She was a merchant conversion, requisitioned by the Navy during the Second World War and returned after its end. She has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to be named after the Greek goddess Athene.
Career[edit | edit source]
She was originally built as the Cameron class steamer Clan Brodie, for the Clan Line at the yards of the Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Company (Greenock, 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.
See also[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Cocker, M Aircraft-carrying ships of the Royal Navy p126
References[edit | edit source]
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- HMS Athene at Clydebuilt.net
- The wartime services of the Cameron class
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