Allied Warships

HMS Cilicia (F 54)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 54 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched21 Oct 1937 
Commissioned9 Oct 1939 
End service16 Feb 1944 

On 31 August 1939 the passenger ship Cilicia of the Anchor Line (Henderson Bros) Ltd, Glasgow was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 9 October 1939.

Displacement: 11136 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 16 knots

October 39 - October 40: South Atlantic Station
November 40 - February 41: Northern and Western Patrol
May 43 - February 44: West Africa Command

On 16 February 1944 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 1946 returned to owner.


Commands listed for HMS Cilicia (F 54)

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1Cdr. (retired) Godfrey Herbert, DSO, RN2 Sep 193915 Mar 1940
2Capt. (retired) Vincent Byrne Cardwell, OBE, RN15 Mar 194014 Jun 1942
3A/Capt. John Mortimer Scott, RN14 Jun 1942Jan 1944

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