HMS London (1929) CC (10th)
This the seventh ship to carry the name HMS London was the name
ship of a class of four Cruisers.
Built at Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down 23-Feb-1926; launched 14-Sep-1927, and commissioned 31-Jan-1929.
Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.
On completion served with the 1st Cruiser Squadron until Mar-1939 when she went in for major refit, which took until Feb-1941.
Shortly after rejoining the Home Fleet took part in operations against the Bismarck, May-1941. During later mopping up work with HMS Brilliant she intercepted the supply tankers Esso Hamburg and Esso Colon on 04-Jun-1941 and Egerland on 05-Jun-1941. Then on 21-Jun-1941 the supply ship Babitonga. All in the central Atlantic.
A problem had shown up that the additional weight added during the refit had overstrained the hull, and with rough Atlantic weather had caused hull damage. Repairs took from Oct-1941 to Jan-1942.
After this she was sent to Artic waters, another rough stretch of sea, on Russian convoy escort work until Nov-1942.
This caused more problems and repairs took from Dec-1942 to May-1943.
On her return to duty she went to the Eastern Fleet where she remained until the end of WW2.
Returned from Hong Kong Jun-1949 and laid up.
Sold 03-Jan-1950 and arrived at Barrow for breaking up 25-Jan-1950.
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