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Battle Honours

Atlantic 1944 — Okinawa 1945
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 495' 8" (oa) x 69' 6" x 26' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/51 4 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 28 Aircraft.
Machinery, 8,500 SHP; Allis-Chambers, Geared Turbines, 1 screw
Speed, 17.5 Knots, Crew 890.
Fate: 1948: Converted to a cargo ship and renamed Lancero (Argentinian flag). 1965: Presidente Osmena (Philippine flag). 1971: Lucky Three. 1972: Presidente Osmena. 1972: Again Lucky Three. August 1972: Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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HMS Speaker (D90 / R314)
Delgada (CVE-40) / HMS Speaker
77k Delgada (CVE-40) becomes HMS Speaker, Portland, Oregon, 20 November 1943. Kevin McAuliffe
HMS Speaker
133k HMS Speaker at Sydney, Australia, 1945-46. Kevin McAuliffe
HMS Speaker

HMS Speaker. Date and place unknown.

Haze Gray & Underway
HMS Speaker

HMS Speaker (D90), formerly Delgada (CVE-40), astern of HMS Indefatigable in March or April of 1945. During that time, Speaker was tasked with providing air cover during ship-to-ship refueling operations with Hellcat Mk IIs flown by 1840 Naval Air Squadron. US Navy photo now in the collection of the US National Archives, College Park, Maryland (80-G-316332).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
HMS Speaker

HMS Speaker at Nagasaki after embarking POWs from Fukuoka 3-B POW Camp in September 1945.

(See "History of H.M.S. Speaker", Parts 2 and 3).

Keith Maskel, son of a crewmember of HMS Speaker,
via John N. Powers, North China Marines
HMS Speaker

A group of allied POW's on their way home, circa September 1945. My father John Hilley AC1 1073740 RAF is among the group.

(See "History of H.M.S. Speaker", Parts 2 and 3).

Pat Hilley
HMS Speaker

HMS Speaker pendant.

Badge: The Mace of the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Motto: Facta Non Verba (Deeds, not Words).

Commercial Service

Ex-Delgada (CVE-40), ex-HMS Speaker, as Lancero (Argentinian flag), leaving Bremen, Germany, February 1965.

Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the DELGADA (CVE-40) / HMS SPEAKER (D90/R314) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Not Applicable To This Ship
Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages, by Andrew Toppan
Royal Navy Research Archive, HMS Speaker, by Tony Drury

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