Allied Warships

HMS Ausonia (F 53)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 53 
Built byW.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched21 Mar 1921 
Commissioned13 Nov 1939 
End service27 Mar 1942 

On 2 September 1939 the passenger ship Ausonia of the Cunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 15 November 1939.

Displacement: 13912 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 15 knots

November 39 - May 40: Halifax Escort Force
June 40 - April 41: Bermuda and Halifax Escort Force
May 41 - October 41: North Atlantic Escort Force

On 27 March 1942 she was sold to the Admiralty and converted to a repair ship until 1944. Laid up during 1945. 1958 stationed at Malta for the Mediterranean fleet. In September 1964 decommisioned at Portsmouth and scrapped in August 1965 at Castellon, Spain.


Commands listed for HMS Ausonia (F 53)

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1Capt. Charles Thomas Mark Pizey, RN18 Sep 19399 Jun 1940
2Capt. Horace Geoffrey Norman, RN9 Jun 194012 Sep 1940
3Capt. (retired) George Herbert Freyberg, OBE, RN12 Sep 1940

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