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HMS Rodney (1927) BB  (6th)

    
This the sixth ship to carry the name HMS Rodney was the second of two Rodney Class battleships.

Built by Cammell Laird, laid down in Dec-1922, launched 17-Dec-1925 and completed in 1927. 

She served with the Atlantic Fleet 1928-32 and then with the Home Fleet.

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

In WW2 during operations of Norway in April-1941 she was hit by an armour-piercing bomb which caused minor damage. Convoy escort duties followed. In May-1941 she detached from a convoy to join HMS King George V to take part in the action against the Bismarck, and on 27-May took part in the final gunfire action, following which the German ship sank.

Duties with Force H followed in late 1941. Then a refit Dec-1941 to May-1942. Action in support of the North Africa, Sicily and Salerno landings followed.

Bombardment duties in support of the Normandy landings were carried out from June-Sept 1944. A final war operation with a Russian convoy took place in late 1944, and she ended her war in Scapa Flow.

Sold 1948 and broken up at Inverkeithing 26-Mar-1948.

Won the Battle Honours: Norway 1940, Atlantic 1940-41, 'Bismarck' 1941, Malta Convoys 1941-42, North Africa 1942-43, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, Mediterranean 1943, English Channel 1944, Normandy 1944 and Arctic 1944.

 

Other HMS Rodney
- 1st  HMS Rodney
- 2nd HMS Rodney
- 3rd HMS Rodney
- 4th HMS Rodney
- 5th HMS Rodney
- 6th HMS Rodney

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This page last edited - 13 February, 2013.

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