HMS Danae (1918) CC (5th)
This the fifth ship to carry the name HMS Danae was a D Class
(1918), light cruiser, lead ship of a class of eight.
Built by Armstrong, laid down 01-Dec-1916, launched 26-Jan-1918, and commissioned 18-Jun-1918.
Saw active service during WW1 with the 5th Light Cruiser Squadron, based at Harwich during 1918, which continued in 1919 against the Bolsheviks in the Baltic.
Was with Atlantic Fleet 1919 to 1924, then was part of the Special Service Squadron for the Empire Cruise.
After this it was to the Mediterranean with the 1st Cruiser Squadron from Sep-1925 to 1929, which was followed by a refit.
After refit went to the America and West Indies Station from Aug-1936 to 1935. Relieved by HMS Apollo and paid off into Reserve.
Recommissioned 25-Aug-1936 and went to the China Station with the 5th Cruiser Squadron. Returned home 14-Jan-1948 and paid off again.
At the start of WW2 was with the 9th Cruiser Squadron, and went out to China in late 1939.
Formed part of the British Malaya Force Mar-1940 and when war with Japan broke out, operated out of Singapore on escort duties between Singapore, Sunda and Java, as part of the China Force.
Feb-1942 took part in strikes from Batavia before going to Colombo 28-Feb-1942
Served with the Eastern Fleet and the 4th Cruiser Squadron until 1944. With one spell to the UK for major refit from 01-Aug-1942 to 07-Jul-1943.
Returned to home waters to take part in the Normandy Landings Jun-1944 and formed part of the Sword Beach bombardment force.
Loaned to the Polish Navy 04-Oct-1944 to 28-Sep-1946 and renamed Conrad when she served with the Home Fleet with the 10th Cruiser Squadron.
Returned to the Royal Navy 28-Sep-1946 and renamed back to Danae.
Sold 22-Jan-1948 and arrived 27-Mar-1948 at Ward of Barrow for breaking up.
Won the Battle Honour: Normandy 1944.
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