HMS Galatea (1934) CC (7th)
This the seventh ship to carry the name HMS Galatea was a
Built by Scotts of Greenock, laid down 02-Jun-1933, launched 09-Aug-1934, and commissioned 14-Aug-1935.
On commissioning went to the Mediterranean as Flagship, Rear Admiral (D).
At the start of WW2 was ordered back to home waters.
Feb/Mar-1940 took part in operations to intercept Axis merchantmen trying to break out of Vigo.
Apr-1940 took part in the Norwegian campaign, then May-1940 went to the Nore as Flagship 2nd Cruiser Squadron.
Underwent refit Oct-1940 to Jan-1941 then went back to the Home Fleet.
Took part in Bismarck operations May-1941. Then Jul-1941 joined the Mediterranean Fleet via the Red Sea. In Nov 1941 was base at Malta with Force K operating against axis supply convoys to North Africa..
Torpedoed and sunk by U-557 off Alexandria, 14-Dec-1941 with the loss of 470.
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