HMS Berwick (1926) CC (9th)
This the ninth ship to carry the name HMS Berwick was a
Built by Fairfield, laid down 15-Sep-1924, launched 30-Mar-1926, and commissioned 1-Jul-1927.
On completion went to the China Station until 1936, when she went to the Mediterranean for a short spell.
Underwent refit from 1937 - 38, after which it was to the America and West Indies Station until 1939.
From Sep-1939 served as convoy escort. Then with HMS York formed Force F, one of a hunting groups formed to find German raiders.
Intercepted the German blockade runners Wolfsburg and Uruguay in the Denmark Strait Mar-1940.
Apr-1940 was spent on Norwegian operations then it was to the Mediterranean to join Force H on 07-Nov-1940.
Took part in actions off Cape Spartivento, escorted the Taranto raid, and escorted troops to Greece.
On 25-Dec-1940 while escorting convoy WS5a off the Azores was damaged by the German Admiral Hipper. Returned to Britain for repairs which took until Jun-1941 due to pressure repair facilities.
Joined the Home Fleet and spent the rest of the war on Arctic duties. Covering Russian convoys, carrier raids on the Tirpitz , and carrier raids on Norway 1944/45.
Sold 15-Jun-1948, and arrived at Hughes Bolckow, Blyth, 12-Jul-1948, for breaking up.
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