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DELGADA (CVE-40)  /  HMS SPEAKER


Contributed by Tommy Trampp



Battle Honours

Atlantic 1944 — Okinawa 1945
CLASS - BOGUE
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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Point Delgada
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ACV-40 was named Delgada for a point of land on the California coast. (Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 20 November 1943, she became HMS Speaker, for the chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons. The ship's badge represents the head of the mace of the Speaker of the House of Commons (image courtesy of Tommy Trampp).

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Speaker
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HMS Speaker (D90 / R314)
Delgada (CVE-40) / HMS Speaker
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77k Delgada (CVE-40) becomes HMS Speaker, Portland, Oregon, 20 November 1943. Kevin McAuliffe
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HMS Speaker (D90) moored off Greenock, Scotland 19 May 1944.

Imperial War Museums (IWM), Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadall, S.J. (Lt), Photo © IWM (No. A 23569)

Mike Green
Delgada (CVE-40) / HMS Speaker
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Starboard bow view of HMS Speaker (D90) off Greenock, Scotland 19 May 1944.

Imperial War Museums (IWM), Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadall, S.J. (Lt), Photo © IWM (No. A 23570)

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Starboard bow view of HMS Speaker (D90) off Greenock, Scotland 19 May 1944.

Imperial War Museums (IWM), Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadall, S.J. (Lt), Photo © IWM (No. A 23571)

HMS Speaker
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133k HMS Speaker at Sydney, Australia, 1945-46. Kevin McAuliffe
HMS Speaker
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HMS Implacable (R5) coming in to berth in the eastern suburb of Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW., with Australian troops on deck. HMS Speaker (R314) is moored alongside ahead of her. Photo Author's Collection.

Image scanned from The British Pacific Fleet: The Royal Navy's Most Powerful Strike Force, by David Hobbs (Seaforth Publishing).

Robert Hurst
HMS Speaker
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HMS Speaker (R314) at anchor in an Australian port; a zealous censor has, unfortunately, "painted out" the pennant number and radar aerials. Author's collection.

Image scanned from The British Pacific Fleet: The Royal Navy's Most Powerful Strike Force, by David Hobbs (Seaforth Publishing).

Robert Hurst
HMS Speaker
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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
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As seen from HMS Khedive (D62), HMS Slinger (D26), on the left, and HMS Speaker (D90) are taking a tossing with aircraft arranged on deck. The destroyer in the distance is HMS Eskimo (F75). The ships are part of a British Naval Task Force operating off Sumatra sometime between 12 April and 18 April 1945.

Imperial War Museums Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 28887).

Mike Green
HMS Speaker
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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
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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
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HMS Speaker pendant.

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

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

Alan
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Lancero
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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

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages, by Andrew Toppan
Royal Navy Research Archive, HMS Speaker, by Tony Drury

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