Allied Warships

HMS Ranchi (F 15)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 15 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched24 Jan 1925 
Commissioned23 Oct 1939 
End service16 Mar 1943 

On 27 August 1939 the passenger ship Ranchi of the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 23 October 1939.

Displacement: 16738 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 17 knots

October 39 - February 42: East Indies Station
March 42 - January 43: Eastern Fleet (Indian Ocean)

On 16 March 1943 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). On 18 July 1947 returned to owner.


Commands listed for HMS Ranchi (F 15)

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1Capt. (retired) Heneage Cecil Legge, DSC, RN30 Aug 193912 Jun 1941
2Capt. (retired) Sir John Meynell Alleyne, DSO, DSC, RN12 Jun 1941

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