Allied Warships

HMS Nairana (D 05)

Escort Carrier of the Nairana class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
PennantD 05 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Laid down7 Nov 1941 
Launched20 May 1943 
Commissioned12 Dec 1943 
End service 

Aquired March 1942. Ex merchantile.

Loaned to the Royal Netherlands Navy as HrMs Karel Doorman on 23 March 1946. Returned to the Royal Navy on 28 May 1948 and immediately sold into merchantile service as Port Victor. She was converted back into a merchant ship at Belfast. Scrapped at Faslane, starting in July 1971.


Commands listed for HMS Nairana (D 05)

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1Capt. Raymond Maurice Trevelyan Taylor, RN31 Aug 194328 Jul 1944
2Capt. Villiers Nicholas Surtees, DSO, RN28 Jul 1944May 1945
3Cdr. George Henry Beale, DSO, OBE, RNMay 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Nairana include:

18 Jan 1944
HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted exercises off Larne with aircraft from HMS Nairana (Capt. R.M.T. Taylor, RN).

Later the same day, HMS Tantalus and HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) carried out attack exercises on each other. (1)


  1. ADM 173/18941

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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