HMS Jamaica (1942) CC (5th)
This the fifth ship to carry the name HMS Jamaica was a Cruiser.
Built by Vickers Armstrong, of Barrow, laid down 28-Apr-1938, launched 16-Nov-1940, and commissioned 29-Jun-1942.
On completion went to the Home Fleet and carried out Arctic convoy escort work.
Went to the Mediterranean Nov-1942 for the North Africa landings, after which it was back to Arctic duty.
In 1944 Russian convoy escort was alternated with escorting carrier raids against the Norwegian coast. Which continued until the end of the war.
Went to the East Indies and the 5th Cruiser Squadron Sep-1945 to 1946 when she joined the 4th Cruiser Squadron still in the East Indies where she remained until Nov-1947.
Aug-1948 to 1949 was spent with the America and West Indies Station, after which she went to the 5th Cruiser Squadron in the Far East and action in the Korean War.
Returned home 27-Feb-1951 and went into reserve until 1953 when she went into refit 1953/54.
The served with the Home then Mediterranean Fleets until laid up at the Gareloch 20-Nov-1957.
Sold for scrapping and arrived at Dalmuir 20-Dec-1960 for breaking up.
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