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HMS Effingham (1925) CC  (1st)

    
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Effingham was a Light Cruiser.

Built at Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down 06-Apr-1917, launched 08-Jun-1921, and completed 02-Jul-1925.

On completion went to the East Indies as Flagship 4th Cruiser Squadron, remaining there until 1932, when she returned to home waters. Being placed into reserve 20-Sep-1932.

Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.

Remained in reserve until just before WW2.

A he outbreak of war was with the 12th Cruiser Squadron on Northern Patrol duties. After which she went to the North Atlantic and convoy escort work. During which she transported 2million in gold to Halifax by the end of 1939.

Moved to the North Sea Apr-1940 and took part in Norwegian operations. Which included bombarding enemy positions in and around Narvik until May-1940.

On 18-May-1940 while running reinforcements to Bodo she struck an isolated rock in the Narvik area and was a total loss. The wreck was sunk by gunfire on 21-May-1940. Although the rock was marked on the chart the rock was obscured by the navigators pencil track and the ship was precisely on course.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1939-40 and Norway 1940.

 

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This page last edited - 10 February, 2013.

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