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HMS Shropshire (1929) CC  (1st)

    
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Shropshire was a Cruiser.

Built by Beardmore of Dalmuir, laid down 24-Feb-1927, launched 05-Jul-1928 and commissioned 12-Sep-1929.

On completion went to the 1st Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean.

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

Saw service in the Abyssinian War and then the Spanish Civil War.

Played a leading part in the evacuation of refugees from Barcelona in Aug/Sep-1936.

At the start of WW2 was ordered to the South Atlantic and formed part of Force H for trade protection duties.

n 09-Dec-1939 intercepted the German blockade runner Leonhardt between the Cape and St Helena.

Returned to home waters early 1940 for refit, and then went to the Indian Ocean to cover convoys between Capetown-Durban-Mombassa and Aden.

In 1941 took part in operations against Italian Somaliland, bombarding Mogadishu and Kismayu when the South African Army advanced from Kenya to Abyssinia. Also sank the Italian ship Pensilvania off Mogadishu on 13-Feb-1941.

Completed a refit at Simonstown Mar/Jun-1941 then returned to home waters Oct-1941 for a major refit at Chatham Oct-1941 to Feb-1942.

Then it was out to the South Atlantic.

On 08-Sep-1942 it was announced she would be transferred to the Royal Australian Navy a replacement for HMAS Canberra so she returned to the UK and was paid of at Chatham Dec-1942 for refit for Australian service.

Served in Australia 1943-48. Laid up in Australia 1948-55.

Broken up at Troon 1955.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1941, Arctic 1941, East Indies 1941, New Guinea 1943-44, Leyte Gulf 1944, Lingayen Gulf 1945 and Pacific 1945.

 

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This page last edited - 14 February, 2013.

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