HMS Kent (1928) CC (9th)
This the ninth ship to carry the name HMS Kent was the name ship of
a class of five cruisers.
Built at Chatham Dockyard, laid down 15-Nov-1924, launched 16-Mar-1926, and commissioned 25-Jun-1928.
On commissioning went to the China station and the 5th Cruiser Squadron until 1939, except for a refit which in 1937/38.
Initial WW2 duties were spent on anti-raider patrol in the East Indies. Then in 1940 troop convoy escort in the Indian Ocean.
By mid-1940 she was in the Mediterranean with the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. Where she took part in the bombardment of Bardia in Aug-1940.
On the night of 17/18-Sep-1940 she was struck by a torpedo dropped from Italian aircraft and hit in the stern. Full repairs were not completed until Sep-1941.
From early 1942 she was with the Home Fleet on Arctic convoy escort, and in 1944 covered carrier raids against the Norwegian coast.
Paid off Jan-1945 and went initially into Reserve then used for ship target trials.
Sold 22-Jan-1948 and broken up at Troon.
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11 February, 2013.
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