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Estero

 

An island off the coast of Florida.

 

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(CVE-42: dp. 16,620(f.); l. 495'8"; b. 69'6"; ew. 111'6"; dr. 26'; s. 18 k.; cpl. 890; a. 2 5"; cl. Prince William)

 

The first Estero (ACV-42) was launched 22 March 1943 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash., and sponsored by Mrs. C. N. Ingraham. She was reclassified CVE-42 on 15 July 1943. Completed in October 1943, she was transferred to the Royal Navy on 3 November 1943 and commissioned the same day as HMS Premier. Returned to United States custody in April 1946, she was stricken on the following 21 May.