HMS Calypso (1917) CC (7th)
This the seventh ship to carry the name HMS Calypso was a Light
Built by Hawthorn Leslie, laid down 07-Feb-1916, launched 24-Jan-1917, and commissioned 21-Jun-1917.
On completion served with the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron in the Grand Fleet, 1917-19.
Saw enemy action in the Heligoland Bight on the night of the 17-Nov-1917 and was badly damaged.
To the Mediterranean Mar-1919 and joined the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. Returned to home waters 1932 and went into reserve where she remained until the start of WW2.
Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.
At the outbreak of war went to the 7th Cruiser Squadron on Northern patrol Duty where she captured the blockade runners Minden on 24-Sep-1939 and Konsul Hendrick on 22-Nov-1939.
In 1940 went to the Eastern Mediterranean base at Alexandria.
Torpedoed and sunk 12-Jun-1940 by Italian submarine Bagnolini south-west of Crete, with the loss of 39 of her crew.
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