Allied Warships

HMS Puncher (D 79)

Escort Carrier of the Ameer class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
PennantD 79 
Built bySeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Laid down21 May 1943 
Launched8 Nov 1943 
Commissioned5 Feb 1944 
End service16 Jan 1946 

Transferred to the Royal Navy under lend-lease.
Altough she was Canadian manned she was not commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy.
Returned to the United States Navy on 16 January 1946.
Stricken by the United States Navy on 12 March 1946.
Sold into merchantile service being renamed Muncaster Castle.
Renamed Bardic in 1954.
Renamed Ben Nevis in 1959.
Scrapped in Taiwan in June 1973.

Former nameUSS Willapa

Commands listed for HMS Puncher (D 79)

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1Cdr. Frederick Avery Price, RCNVR17 Jan 194410 Apr 1944
2Capt. Roger Edward Shelford Bidwell, RCN10 Apr 194416 Jan 1946

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