HMS Kanimbla (F 23)
Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Laid down||Jul 1934|
|Launched||12 Dec 1935|
|Commissioned||20 Nov 1939|
On 27 August 1939 the passenger ship Kanimbla of the McIlwraith, McEacharn Ltd, Victoria was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. She served in the Royal Navy although she was manned by an Australian crew. Conversion was completed on 20 November 1939.
Displacement: 10985 BRT
From February to June 1943 converted to a landing ship LSI(L), commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Kanimbla on 2 June 1943. Took part in the landing operations in Morotai, Lingayen Gulf, Brunei and Balikpapan.
As LSI(L) she was armed with 1 4" gun, 2 12pdr AA (2x1), 10 20mm AA (10x1)
On 25 March 1949 HMAS Kanimbla was decommissioned and on 13 December 1950 returned to owner.
Commands listed for HMS Kanimbla (F 23)
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|1||Cdr. Frank Edmund Getting, RAN||11 Oct 1939||15 Mar 1941|
|2||A/Capt. William Leslie Graham Adams, RN||25 Mar 1941||2 Feb 1943|
|3||A/Cdr. Frederick Ross James, RAN||2 Feb 1943||29 Jul 1943|
|4||A/Cdr. Norman Hamon Shaw, RAN||30 Jul 1943||17 Jun 1944|
|5||Cdr. Andrew Veitch Bunyan, RANR(S)||18 Jun 1944||5 Sep 1945|
|6||A/Cdr. Stanley Hamill Crawford, RD, RANR(S)||6 Sep 1945||22 Jan 1948|
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Notable events involving Kanimbla include:
- ADM 173/16472
- ADM 173/16396
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.