HMS Devonshire (1929) CC (7th)
This the seventh ship to carry the name HMS Devonshire was a
Built at Devonport Dockyard, Laid down 16ar-1926, launched 22-Oct-1927, and completed 18-Mar-1929.
On completion joined the 1st Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean and remained there until 1932. When she went to the China Station from 1932 to 1933. After this it was back to the Mediterranean until 1939.
Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.
At the start of WW2 she joined the Home Fleet and took part in Norwegian operations.
Aug 1940 saw her part of the force which attacked Dakar. During which she shelled ships and batteries in and around the port.
After this she took part in operations against Vichy French territories in equatorial Africa.
In Jan-1941 she took part in the hunt for the German raider Kormoran. After which she returned home for refit between Feb and May-1941.
Then it was to the Home Fleet arctic operations until Sep-1941.
Went to the Eastern Fleet after this, and on 02-Nov-1941 was in command of a force which captured an entire Indo-China bound Vichy French convoy east of the Cape of Good Hope.
On 22-Nov-1941 intercepted the German raider Atlantis north of Ascension Island
Underwent refit at Norfolk, Virginia from Jan to Mar-1942 after which she returned to the Indian Ocean to take part in the capture of Madagascar Apr-1942.
Remained with the Eastern Fleet until early 1943, including covering Anzac troop convoys from Suez to Australia.
Returned to home waters for refit from May-1943 to Mar-1944.
After this joined the Home Fleet covering carrier raids against the Norwegian coast for the rest of the war.
Converted to a training ship 1947.
Appeared at the Coronation Review 1953.
Sold 16-Jun-1954. Broken up at Newport 14-Dec-1954.
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