Allied Warships

HMS Begum (D 38)

Escort Carrier of the Ameer class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
PennantD 38 
Built bySeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Laid down3 Aug 1942 
Launched11 Nov 1942 
Commissioned2 Aug 1943 
End service 

Decommissioned and transferred to the R.N. and commissioned in R.N. service as HMS Begum on 2 August 1943.
Returned to the U.S.N. on 4 January 1946.
Stricken on 19 June 1946.
Sold into merchantile service on 16 April 1947 being renamed Raki.
Scrapped in Taiwan in March 1974.

Former nameUSS Bolinas

Commands listed for HMS Begum (D 38)

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1A/Capt. John Egerton Broome, DSC, RNAug 194326 Mar 1945
2A/Capt. Cecil Lewis Howe, OBE, RN26 Mar 19454 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Begum include:

11 Jun 1944
During 11 and 12 June 1944, HMS Storm (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR), conducted exercises off Trincomalee during which a practice attack was made on HMS Begum (A/Capt. J.E. Broome, DSC, RN). These were followed by A/S exercises with aircraft from Begum and several of her escorts. These included night exercises. (1)

12 Jun 1944
During 12 and 13 June 1944, HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. During these exercises she was escorted by HMS Rosalind (A/Skr.Lt. E.G. Littler, DSC, RD, RNR). Also part of these exercises were a practice attack on HMS Begum (A/Capt. J.E. Broome, DSC, RN) and A/S exercises with two of her escorts, the frigates HMS Nadder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Kitto, RNR) and HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/18834
  2. ADM 173/18674

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

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