HMS Durban (1921) CC (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Durban was a D Class
(1918) light cruiser.
Built by Scott, laid down 22-Jun-1918, launched 29-May-1919 completed at Devonport Dockyard and commissioned 01-Nov-1921.
On completion went to the China Station and joined the 5th Light Cruiser Squadron, and remained there until 1928. Then it was on the the America and West Indies Station until 1930.
Went to the South Atlantic Division from 01-Jul-1931 until Dec-1933. After which she went to the Mediterranean from Mar-1934 to Sep-1936.
Returned to home waters and went into reserve until 1939.
Sep-1939 joined the 9th Cruiser Squadron in the South Atlantic Command. Then 1940 it was to the East Indies as part of the British Malaya Force.
After the outbreak of war with Japan, she operated with the China force out of Singapore until Feb-1942.
During the evacuation of Singapore she was damaged by bombs and went to Colombo for temporary repairs. Full repairs were carried out at New York in April and more modifications completed in Portsmouth between June and August 1942.
Then it was out to join the Eastern Fleet until 1943, after which she returned to home waters again and was paid off.
Scuttled on 09-Jun-1944 as part of the Mulberry Harbour breakwater off Normandy.
Won the Battle Honour: Normandy 1944.
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02 March, 2013.
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