HMS Biter (D97)

Biter in March, 1943, probably during anti-submarine exercises. Photo in the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Laid Down
1939
Launched
1940
Commissioned
1942
Decommissioned
1951
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History

Rio-Parana was laid down in the US as a merchant ship, 28 December, 1939, and delivered in September, 1941. She was then converted to an Avenger-class escort carrier for the British, and commissioned into the Royal Navy in May, 1942, as HMS Biter. She somehow managed to survive her working-up period, suffering a fire, several engine breakdowns, and a Swordfish loaded with depth charges crashing into her island, all before even making it to the UK. Biter took part in the invasion of North Africa, covering the landings around Oran, and suffered another aircraft crashing into her island. She went on to serve as a convoy escort until she was returned to the US in April, 1945. The French operated her for several years as the Dixmude, and she saw service off Indochina  until 1949. Dixmudewas disarmed during her 1951-53 refit, and used as an accommodation ship until returned to the US in 1965. She was sunk as a target the next year.