Allied Warships

Escort carriers

Avenger / Charger class

5 ships


The escort carrier USS Charger of the US Navy.

Technical information

TypeEscort carrier
Displacement15120 / 16000 (Charger) BRT 
Length492 feet 
Complement550 / 856 (Charger) men 
Armament3 4/50 DP guns.
19 20 mm AA.

Charger; 1 5/38 DP gun.
4 single 3/50 AA guns.
4 quad 40 mm AA.

Aircraft: 15 (Charger in US service up to 36). 

Max speed16.5 knots
EnginesDoxford diesels 1 shaft 
Power8500 hp 
Notes on classThese ships were all built in the US in 1941-1942. One of them, USS Charger served in the U.S.N. 


All ships of the Avenger / Charger class


Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Avenger (D 14) Lost on 15 Nov 1942
HMS Biter (D 97)
HMS Charger (D 27) (To the United States as USS Charger)
HMS Dasher (D 37) Lost on 27 Mar 1943


US Navy (more on US Navy)

USS Charger (CVE 30)


5 Escort carriers of the Avenger / Charger class. 2 of them were lost.

See all Escort carrier classes.


Avenger / Charger class ships hit by U-boats (1)

15 Nov 1942HMS AvengerSunkU-155

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