HMS Superb (1945) CC (8th)
This the eighth ship to carry the name HMS Superb was a Cruiser.
Built by Swan Hunter 0f Wallsend, laid down 23-Jun-1942, launched 31-Aug-1943, and commissioned 16-Nov-1945.
On completion joined the Home Fleet in the spring of 1946, she was immediately transferred to the Mediterranean to help deal with communist forces in Albania. Whilst passing through the Corfu Channel in company with Orion she encountered the only hostile action she would ever encounter, coming under fire by Albanian batteries, suffering no damage.
On 13-Feb-1947 visited Casablanca in company with Dido and other HM Ships as the flagship of Rear Admiral H A Packer.
Returned to the Home Fleet Jun-1947 to Nov-1950 when she went to the America and West Indies Station as Flagship 1950-51. To the Home Fleet 1951-53.
Back to the America & West Indies Station 1953-54. In 1953 landed British troops in Guiana to assist with preserving law and order.
Appeared at the Coronation Review 1953.
To the Home Fleet for a short spell 1954 then back once again to the America & west Indies Station 1954-55
Left the West Indies Station Sep-1955 for Chatham and a refit which lasted until Mar-1956.
To the East Indies Station by way of the Persian Gulf.
Remaining there until Feb-1957 when she returned to Chatham.
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12 January, 2013.
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